TEL AVIV, (BM) – The Palestinian political-military movement Hamas announced on Wednesday that it had launched missile attacks on airbases in Israel. Gaza reports that the air bases Hatzor, Hatzerim, Nevatim, Tel Nof, Palmachim and Ramon came under rocket fire. There is no information on damage or casualties. Israel claims that it has not even hit the bases in question.
Tel Aviv believes such actions by Hamas are “dust in the eyes” of the UN Security Council, which has criticized Hamas for firing missiles and attacking Israeli civilians.
Although unlike in previous days, rocket fire was less intense between warring nations, rocket sirens in several coastal Israeli cities and central Israel resumed. Rocket attacks began late Tuesday night and lasted until 2:00 a.m. Wednesday. A three-hour lull ensued, and at about 5:30 a.m., Hamas resumed rocket fire against Israel. An IDF spokesman said the Iron Dome air defense system had intercepted much of the shells.
Yesterday, the Israeli Defense Forces launched a fifth airstrike on Hamas-related targets in Gaza. As we reported, about 60 Israeli planes dropped just over 100 bombs on approximately 65 targets in Gaza. Israel says the targets are related to Hamas’ underground tunnels in Gaza, known as the “Hamas subway.”
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Also, on the border with Lebanon, Tel Aviv allowed artillery shelling on areas in Lebanon believed to belong to Hamas. The reason was an early attack by pro-Palestinian troops from Lebanon on Israel.
USA, UN, and Egypt
Attempts at a ceasefire between Palestinians and Israelis at the international level continue. The international community’s attitude and the desire for a ceasefire cannot be unanimous and is a reflection of the conflict in the Middle East.
France wants a ceasefire, offering Jordan’s and Egypt’s assistance as mediators in the process. Israeli political scientists say that if the “French resolution” is voted on, it will force the United States to block such a resolution and impose a veto.
Joe Biden’s silence on the situation in the Middle East was broken on Tuesday when he proposed a “ceasefire” in a conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu. It’s expected Biden to make the same statement again today, as there is a lot of pressure from his Democratic Party.
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Analysts and sources in Israel say the involvement of Egypt and Jordan as mediators in the ceasefire process could be a significant success. According to some, progress expects this Thursday, and the fire will cease.
What is happening in the area?
The violence began after the focus fell on controversial judicial and political actions over the Palestinian-populated Sheikh Jara district of East Jerusalem. An Israeli court initially ruled that Palestinians should be evicted from the neighborhood and be populated with Israelis. A hearing on the eviction followed, but it never ended last Sunday and was postponed.
On Monday, May 10, Jerusalem was subjected to a brief rocket attack by al-Quds and Hamas with a request on the eviction decision. Israel did not comply with the Palestinians, which led to a retaliatory strike and a rocket fire between the two countries for the second day in a row.
According to a field source, Israel has involved fighter jets and tanks in the conflict, which are hitting 130 targets in the Gaza Strip. These goals are related to the Hamas movement. According to the Israeli authorities, these goals are also associated with terrorist organizations.
The international community welcomes the actions of Israelis and Palestinians, but as statements from both sides make clear, both sides may reach no agreement soon.
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