Netanyahu arrives at defense headquarters amid fresh airstrikes on Gaza targets following sniper fire at IDF soldiers; 4 Hamas fighters dead; Minister: ‘The gloves are coming off’
This evening in the Middle East, Palestinian snipers began firing across the border at IDF soldiers. Israel responded with a deadly barrage of air strikes deep within Gaza itself. Israeli farmers have suffered well over a million dollars in damage to their fields from the flying burning kites launched over the Gaza Strip, which have been a surprisingly successful weapon of terror.
As of this writing, Israel is a kitten’s whisker away from the 4th Gaza War beginning, with neither side willing to back down. Hamas has repeatedly ignored warnings from Israel to stop firing rockets across the border, and Netanyahu is now saying that it is time for the ‘gloves to come off’.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” Psalm 122:6 (KJV)
FROM TIMES OF ISRAEL: The Israel Air Force launched a major wave of strikes at Hamas targets across the Gaza Strip on Friday evening as a cabinet minister said Israel was preparing a massive response to Hamas’s failure to heed repeated Israeli warnings to end the violence along the Gaza border.
“At this time our aircraft are carrying out widespread attacks against terror targets belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said, adding that this came after the “serious shooting incident against our forces,” referring to sniper fire at IDF troops during a riot on the border earlier in the day.
The army said 15 targets were hit, including the “Hamas brigade headquarters in Zeitoun.” The army said the headquarters were completely destroyed along with “weapons and ammunition stores, training grounds, observation posts, control centers and the offices of the brigade commander.”–
Following the strikes, rocket warning sirens wailed in communities around Gaza. At least two projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome system and another fell in an open field, the army said. There were no reports of projectiles falling in Israeli communities or injuries.
The large-scale evening wave of air raids was the second round of Israeli strikes. In the first, Israel hit eight sites, killing four Hamas military wing members. The evening raid targeted Hamas positions in the north, south and center of the Gaza Strip.
The fresh air raids came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at the IDF headwaters in Tel Aviv to join Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and the top IDF generals for a security assessment.
The IDF Spokesman Ronen Manelis did not rule out a major ground offensive, but said the IDF was not looking to enter a full-scale conflict. Nonetheless, the fire on the troops at the border was “the most serious incident” since the 2014 conflict, Manelis said, and the IDF’s Chief of Staff Gadi Eiesenkot had spent the years since then ensuring that the army was ready for “whatever response is necessary.” READ MORE