Israel Under Attack: Palestinian terrorists launch rockets into Tel Aviv, hit civilian bus
Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorists in Gaza have fired hundreds of rockets in the last day at Israeli civilians and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have responded by targeting 130 terrorist posts and killing more than 15 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza. The IDF strikes included the killing of the head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s rocket unit, Samah Abed al-Mamluk and the head of Hamas anti-tank missile unit, Iyad Fathi Faik Sharir.
The IDF later destroyed a 13-story building in Gaza that was reportedly a terrorist stronghold. Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists responded by sending dozens of rockets into Tel Aviv, many of which the IDF’s iron dome intercepted. However, rockets hit a bus near Tel Aviv that was reportedly full of people.
The IDF responded with more strikes against terrorists in Gaza, warning civilians to leave areas they are targeting.
“We understand that Hamas is behind this and we the IDF hold Hamas responsible for any acts of violence emanating from the Gaza Strip at our civilians,” IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said earlier.
In Southern Israel, two homes in the city of Ashkelon were hit by rockets, killing two women, one of the victims has been reportedly identified as an Indian national, and injuring many more.
The rocket fire began at 6pm local time on Monday when many Israelis were celebrating Jerusalem Day. Hundreds of thousands of people were soon forced to run for shelter. By 12pm local time on Tuesday, more than 300 rockets had been fired into Israel, according to the IDF
But the rocket fire hasn’t stopped since then.
Israel’s iron dome technology, however, has intercepted more than 90% of rockets and Israel has responded with targeted strikes in the Gaza Strip and they will continue to do so until the rocket fire stops, Conricus said.
“That is a true lifesaver for Israeli civilians living all across Southern Israel,” Conricus said.
Conricus also slammed the Palestinian terrorist for firing rockets in their own civilian areas, causing harm to their people. According to the Palestinian news agency WAFA, 28 Palestinians have been killed, including nine children. The news agency also said over 100 Palestinians are wounded and some are in critical condition.
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