MThe illegal Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have so far fired a total of 1,600 rockets at Israel, according to the Israeli military. On Thursday morning, spokesman Jonathan Conricus said that about 400 rockets had fallen in the coastal area. The success rate of the Iron Dome Intercept System is still around 90 percent on average.
The spokesman said that seven people, six civilians and a soldier had been killed in Israel since the bombing began from the Gaza Strip on Monday evening.
Conricus said that the IDF has fired at about 600 targets in the Gaza Strip so far, including missile production sites and storage facilities. A tunnel that was used by the fighters as a hideout, among other things, has also been attacked recently. This was dug under a school in a populated area.
The spokesman did not comment specifically on the size of the arsenal of rockets owned by the Palestinian militants. They would have had a very large population. They still have a huge amount at their disposal.
Israel holds the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which rules the Gaza Strip, responsible for all attacks from the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian group is designated a terrorist organization by Israel and the European Union.
The Israeli security cabinet decided to expand the military operation against the ruling Hamas movement there. Channel 12 reported Wednesday evening that the army was supposed to target „symbols of the Hamas rule” in the Palestinian territories. According to media reports, the Finance Ministry in the heart of Gaza City and the Hamas Bank were destroyed. The army said warplanes attacked a number of strategically important buildings, as well as a Hamas naval command. Attacks on terrorist targets will continue.
Shortly thereafter, the missile alarm was triggered again in Tel Aviv early Thursday morning. According to the DPA correspondent, at least one explosion was heard. According to media reports, there was also an anti-missile warning in the north of the country.
Earlier Wednesday evening, Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets at Israeli cities, including Ashdod and Ashkelon on the Mediterranean coast. Sirens sounded in the greater Tel Aviv area. In the border town of Sderot, a five-year-old boy was fatally wounded by a missile, according to the city administration.
Police reported that five people were lightly injured in the rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip on Israel Thursday night in Petah Tikwa. As the spokesman announced in the morning, there was a direct hit in the city. A building and its surroundings were badly damaged. Five people were taken to hospital with minor injuries. On-site ordnance disposal experts. Petach Tikwa is located in the east of the coastal city of Tel Aviv.
Palestinian militants have fired rockets at Israel on a large scale since Monday evening; More than a thousand shells have already been fired. So far, six people have been killed and over 200 others have been injured. According to its own statements, the Israeli army is responding to this with the largest bombardment since the Gaza war in 2014. The Gaza Ministry of Health estimated the death toll at 65 and injured several hundred people.
Israeli warplanes destroyed another skyscraper in Gaza on Wednesday. According to Israeli information, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad had offices in the 14-storey building. However, there were also cafes and shops in the house. Videos showed how he collapsed after the attack. Hamas reportedly fired 130 rockets in response to Israeli towns in Ashkelon, Sderot and Netivot.
In the past, the Israeli Air Force destroyed the home of a prominent member of the Islamic Hamas movement. So the building served as an armory. Israel has also killed a number of senior Hamas officials in attacks. „This is just the beginning – we will deal them blows they never dreamed of,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday in a hospital in Shulon.
Netanyahu is reported to be opposed to a ceasefire at this point. The United States sends a senior diplomat to the region to meet with leaders from both sides. Hady Amr also wants to urge an end to the escalation of violence on behalf of US President Joe Biden. According to media reports, negotiators from Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations are also trying to calm things down.
Internationally, concerns about escalation of the conflict increased. Defense Minister Benny Gantz prepared the citizens for a longer military deployment. The United Nations has warned the UN Security Council of a major war, according to diplomats. The United States initially blocked a joint statement by the most powerful United Nations body on escalating violence in Middle Eastern circles on Wednesday.
On the other hand, European countries called on the UN Security Council to end the violence. „We urge all actors to reduce tensions, end violence and show extreme restraint,” Estonian Ambassador to the United Nations Sven Jurgenson said in a statement issued by Estonia, France, Ireland and Norway on Wednesday after the emergency meeting of the most powerful UN body in New York.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned of the conflict spreading to other parts of the region. He described the firing of more than 1,000 rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Wednesday evening in the ZDF “Spezial” as totally unacceptable and a basis for Israel to benefit from its right to self-defense.
US President Biden also stressed Israel’s right to self-defense. The White House announced Wednesday evening (local time) that Biden condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups during a phone call with Netanyahu. The American president also expressed his „firm support for the security of Israel and the legitimate right of Israel to defend itself and its people.”
Netanyahu’s office said during the conversation the prime minister thanked Biden for US support for Israel’s right to self-defense. Netanyahu also declared, „Israel will continue to take measures to attack the military capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.” „We will not accept chaos,” he wrote on Twitter, and the security and tranquility „we all deserve” must be restored.
Meanwhile, violence between Israel and the Palestinians is spreading more and more to Arab cities in the heart of Israel. Exceptionally intense clashes erupted on Wednesday in the cities of Lod, Acre, Bat Jam, Haifa and Tiberias, between Israeli Jews and Arabs. President Reuven Rivlin warned on Israeli television of „civil war” and urged both sides to exercise moderation.