Fighting on the Gaza border erupted Monday afternoon, with dozens of projectiles fired by terrorists in the Strip striking southern Israel, including one that hit an Israeli bus near the border and seriously injured at least one person, officials said.
Now we know why Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu flew home from Paris in such a hurry, evidentially Israeli intelligence knew this was coming and needed their leader back before war broke out. This battle has been simmering for quite some time now, and it looks like it has finally reached a boil.
HAMAS FIRES MORE THAN 100 ROCKETS AT ISRAEL, ONE PERSON CRITICALLY WOUNDED
[18:56] IDF: Israel hits over 20 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets struck in Gaza
The IDF has struck over 20 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement released Monday.
The IDF deployed fighter planes, helicopters and tanks in its response.
The IDF struck some ten targets in the northern Gaza Strip, including military installations and observation posts of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The IDF stuck an additional ten targets in southern Gaza.
A group of balloon launchers was also struck.
“The IDF is continuing its operation against terror targets throughout Gaza,” the statement said.
[18:53] Air sirens sound in Eshkol in southern Israel, Hamas fires rockets
Air raid sirens sound in Holit, Beeri, Nir Yitzak, Avhsalom and Dekel, located at the Eshkol Regional Council.
[18:51] Hamas fires at Gaza border communities, air sirens heard
Sirens were sound in Kibbutz Yad Mordechai in the Hof Ashkelon Regional council in the Gaza border. Sirens were also heard in moshav Tkuma in Sdot Regional Council.
[18:47] Two PFLP gunmen killed in IDF strike on Gaza
Two Palestinian gunmen from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were killed in air raids carried out by the IDF Monday afternoon, according to the PFLP.
Gaza fired more than 100 rockets into Israel in retaliation for the killing of seven Hamas terrorists on Sunday. IDF tanks and drones reentered Gaza on Monday.
[18:45] Magen David Adom: 13 injuries, one in critical condition in southern Israel
Magen David Adom EMTs and paramedics treated 13 people, including a 19-year-old in critical condition, who were injured in rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. They were taken to Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva and Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
In addition, 3 people were evacuated to the hospital suffering from stress.
[18:42] Smoke and flame are seen during an Israeli air strike Gaza Strip
The IDF launched a series of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in response. The army said it struck more than 20 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror targets using jets, attack helicopters and tanks. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported three dead and several wounded.
[18:37] Report: House of Hamas interior ministry official hit in Gaza Strip
The house of Hamas Interior Ministry Inspector Avi Abdallah Lafi was hit by Israel on Monday evening, Palestinian media reported. No casualties were reported.
[18:34] Rockets fired by Palestinian militants towards Israel are seen in Gaza, November 12, 2018
[18:26] Rockets fall in public building in Netivot, Hamas fires from Gaza
Three rockets fell in buildings in the city of Netivot in southern Israel, including in a public building.
[18:28] Air sirens sound in Hof Ashkelon in southern Israel
Air sirens were heard in the community of Beer Ganim in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council in south Israel.
[18:21] Air sirens sound in Eshkol region
Air sirens were heard in kibbutz Nir Yitzhak, kibbutz Holit and kibbutz Sufa located in the Eshkol Regional Council in south Israel. The Home Front Command instructed civilians in the cities of Beer Sheva, Ofakim and in the Lachish region to stay near protected areas.
[18:20] Netanyahu meets with senior security officials as Gaza situation escalates
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Monday evening with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, IDF Chief of Staff, and senior officers for security consultation on the situation in Gaza, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
Upon his arrival, the prime minister received a security briefing from senior defense officials.
FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: According to the Israel Defense Forces, more than 100 projectiles were fired at Israel in less than 40 minutes, triggering sirens in Beersheba and even as far away as the Dead Sea and the West Bank’s Hebron Hills. If rockets were indeed aimed at the Dead Sea, it would represent the longest range attack by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza since the 2014 Gaza war.
A number of incoming rockets and mortar shells from Gaza were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system, while several others struck homes and buildings in Israeli communities near the border, causing injuries and damage.
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In response to the heavy barrage from the Gaza Strip, Israeli fighter jets launched a series of air raids against targets in the coastal enclave, the military said. At least two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in the air raids in the northern Gaza Strip and three others were wounded, the Hamas-run health ministry in the Strip said.
The attacks from Gaza came less than a day after an IDF special operations officer was killed in an operation gone awry that also killed seven Palestinian gunmen in the Strip. Following Sunday night’s incident, the Gaza-ruling terror group Hamas said “the blood of our righteous martyrs will not be wasted.”
The renewed clashes dashed hopes that Israel and Hamas would uphold a recent ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt and the United Nations and supported by Qatar.
Mortar and rocket attacks sparked fires in the southern Israeli towns of Sderot and Netivot. In Sderot, three people were also lightly wounded, apparently by shrapnel, after a rocket exploded near them, medics said.
In total, seven people were taken to Ashkelon’s Barzilai Hospital for treatment.
The barrage triggered incoming rocket sirens throughout southern Israel, sending hundreds of thousands of Israelis rushing to bomb shelters for cover.
The Israeli military ordered residents of communities near the Gaza Strip to remain inside bomb shelters until further notice. Residents of the cities of Beersheba, Ashkelon and other parts of the northern Negev were told to stay within close distance of their bomb shelter or other protected spaces.
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