Some 300 rockets launched at Israel; army says it destroyed cross-border tunnel, underground rocket factory; Hamas-run Gaza Strip health ministry says baby, her pregnant mother killed
If Jared Kushner and his team really do have anything remotely resembling a peace plan, now would be a good time to roll it out. Because Hamas rocket attacks on Israel’s southern border increase with each passing week. Jared’s plan of waiting until after Ramadan concludes might miss the mark completely. Israel and Hamas could be well into a fourth Intifada by the beginning of June.
With an ally like President Trump in the White House, Israel has never been more confident and sure of themselves than they are right now. But if the Democrats, who have switched to becoming decidedly anti-semitic as they gear up for 2020, gain control the party may well be over for Israeli gains on the world stage. But at the moment, with the US economy on a sustained high, unemployment the lowest in 49 years, and Trump’s approval rating at 50+, the party may yet go on for awhile.
IDF bombs 120 Gaza targets, including attack tunnel, as rockets fired at Israel
FROM TIMES OF ISRAEL: The Israel Defense Forces on Saturday bombed more than 120 targets in the Gaza Strip, including a cross-border attack tunnel, an underground rocket factory and a multi-story building used by Hamas’s military intelligence, in response to the hundreds of rockets and mortar shells fired at southern Israel throughout the day, the army said.
The army said it was prepared to continue conducting airstrikes if the attacks from the Strip continue. The fresh exchange began on Friday evening when Palestinians in the Strip shot two soldiers on patrol near the border in southern Gaza. A male soldier was moderately wounded, and a female soldier was lightly hurt, the IDF said. In response, the Israeli military bombed a Hamas post, killing several of the terror group’s operatives.
Since 10:00am, terrorist groups in Gaza have been firing rockets at Israeli civilians.
The time is now 10:00pm.
That’s 12 hours of rocket attacks.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 4, 2019
On Saturday morning, terror groups in the Strip began launching rockets and mortar shells at Israel. As of Saturday night, nearly 300 projectiles had been fired, most of them at the towns closest to the Gaza border, but some reached as far as Rehovot and Ashdod. At least two Israeli civilians were wounded in the attacks.
In response, the military launched a series of strikes from air and land, hitting targets throughout the coastal enclave connected to Hamas, which rules Gaza, and the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said a Palestinian baby and her pregnant mother were killed when their home was hit by one of the Israeli retaliatory strikes on Saturday. An Israeli army spokeswoman said the military did not have any information on the incident. Gaza’s health ministry said another person was killed and at least 17 injured in the strikes.
In light of the ongoing battle, the military canceled school for the Israeli cities and towns within approximately 40 kilometers of the Gaza Strip for the following day.
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That’s what it’s like for Israeli civilians in the south, millions of people, that are under barrage of rockets from #Gaza by #Hamas and #IslamicJihad for the last 7 hours nonstop#IsraelUnderFire pic.twitter.com/rzyLvkuDD4
— Hen Mazzig חן מזיג (@HenMazzig) May 4, 2019
Beginning Saturday night, workplaces in this region will only be allowed open if they have access to a bomb shelter. Gatherings of more than 300 people also will not be allowed, including in shopping centers, the army said.
Israel also closed the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings into the Strip following the rocket attacks, as well as the fishing zones off the Gaza coast.
The IDF said it targeted dozens of bases and facilities controlled by the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror groups throughout the Strip. Despite the large number of targets, there were relatively few injuries reported in the strikes, as the targets had largely been abandoned ahead of time. READ MORE
Gaza Fires Rockets and Israel Strikes Targets in Latest Flare-Up
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