The Israel Air Force struck two Hamas targets in Gaza in response to earlier rocket fire, an IDF Spokesman said on Friday.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.” Zechariah 12:2 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: As of this writing, eastern Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip is a powder keg just waiting to explode. The leader of Hamas said this about Jerusalem – “United Jerusalem is Arab and Muslim, and it is the capital of the state of Palestine, all of Palestine,” Haniyeh said, referring to territory including Israel as well as the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.” Think this will all just die down and people will forget about it? Not a chance. This type of conflict is what Muslims in general and Palestinians in particular live for, and this won’t go away. Ever.
A commander in Hamas’s armed wing, Mahar Atalla, reportedly died from wounds inflicted in clashes with the IDF earlier in the day. One rocket struck the city of Sderot in Israel’s south, a spokesperson for Sderot reported. The rocket caused damage to several vehicles, though no casualties were reported.
“We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy,” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a speech in Gaza. Haniyeh, elected the group’s overall leader in May, urged Palestinians, Muslims and Arabs to hold rallies against the U.S decision on Friday, calling it a “day of rage”. “Let December 8 be the first day of the intifada against the occupier,” he said. source
Reports have surfaced that the Nasser Salah Eddine brigades, a Palestinian militant organization operating out of the Gaza Strip, has claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.
IAF fighter jets, reportedly hit two targets, a Hamas training compound and an arms depot. The Palestinian Health Ministry said at least 25 people were wounded in the strikes, including six children.
As the report of the wounded emerged, another rocket alarm siren went off in southern Israel, the fourth this evening.
Earlier, Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System intercepted a rocket fired towards Israel from Gaza, the IDF spokesperson’s office said in a statement. No one was hurt and no damage was reported.
Additionally, rocket sirens sounded in Sdot Negev Regional Council and in Bnei Shimon. The IDF reported that rockets were fired toward Israel from Gaza, but no landings have yet been discovered. Troops are currently searching the area.
Alarms were heard in several other communities in the area surrounding the Gaza Strip. There were some reports of an explosion seen over the city of Sderot. Earlier today a Palestinian protester was shot dead and around 30 others were injured in clashes along the border fence with Israel, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. source