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Israel Under Attack: Palestinian terrorists launch rockets into Tel Aviv, hit civilian bus

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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.

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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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Senior Saudi official says Iran ‘engineered’ war in Gaza and ‘should have been stopped a long time ago’

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Although it has been widely believed, a senior Saudi Arabian official has accused Tehran of having “engineered a war in Gaza” for the purpose to interfere with Jerusalem’s attempts to normalize relations with Riyadh. The unnamed official then described the regime as “a country that sponsors terrorism, and it should have been stopped a long time ago.”

In an interview with Israel’s Kan public broadcaster, the anonymous individual said that “any suspicious object” entering his country’s airspace is intercepted by the Kingdom’s defense forces. The comment may suggest that there was some level of participation by the Saudis in neutralizing the missiles and attack drones that the Islamic Republic fired at Israel on Saturday, notes Foreign Desk News. 

Reports have confirmed that the American, British, French, and Jordanian militaries assisted the IDF in the air defenses during the bombardment.

Foreign Desk News states of the improving relations between Israel and its neighbors:

In 2020, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Morocco signed normalization agreements with the Jewish state under the direction of the Trump administration, in what was called the Abraham Accords. The following January, Sudan would also join the reconciliation.

Any diplomatic understandings between Israel and Saudi Arabia would be seen as a big boost to regional security, considering the Kingdom is often viewed as the most powerful Arab-majority country in the world.

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