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Israel Under Attack: Senior Hamas commander killed in targeted IDF strike

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Over the last nearly two days, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorists have fired over 1,000 rockets into Israel, hoping to hit civilians. Six people have been killed by the rockets and 200 others are injured in Israel.

Israel responded on Wednesday by targeting key terrorist positions and confirmed the killing of the brigade commander for Gaza City.

Israel’s iron dome missile defense system has intercepted nearly 90% of the rockets. However, a number of rockets bypassed the system as the attacks continued for the second day. The barrage included a Hamas anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), which hit the community in Netiv Ha’Asara. It hit a jeep, killing one person and injuring another.

Also, overnight, Khalil Awad, 52, and his daughter Nadin, 16, Arab-Israelis were killed in the city of Lod after a rocket hit their car.

Later on Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed the death of IDF combat soldier Staff Sgt. Omer Tabib, 21, who was hit by an Anti-Tank missile fired from Gaza.

Riots broke out in Israel when Arab mobs set fire to buildings, cars, looted synagogues, and threw rocks at civilians. In the city of Lod, the situation was so extreme the mayor compared it to the Nazi pogrom “Kristallnacht.”

Palestinian news agencies are reporting that 43 Palestinians have been killed. The IDF has said a number of rockets shot by Hamas and PIJ have landed in Gaza and that the Israeli army is sending alerts to Palestinian civilians before striking targets.

The IDF has been carrying out targeted strikes in Gaza as threats continue. They’ve killed a number of Hamas and PIJ terrorists chiefs as part of what has been dubbed “Operation Guardian of the Walls.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with local leaders and security officials on Wednesday evening.

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700 tunnel shafts discovered in Rafah, some cross into Egypt reports Israel Defense Forces

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The Israel Defense Forces said they discovered nearly 700 tunnel shafts in Rafah, with some crossing into Egypt.

Israeli Deputy Attorney General Gilad Noam explained the findings at the International Court of Justice.

“Rafah, in particular, is a focal point for ongoing terrorist activity. It is a stronghold for Hamas’ operators with several battalions belonging to the Rafah brigades entrenched in the area,” he said, according to The Daily Wire.

“Also present in Rafah,” said Noam, “is an intricate underground tunnel infrastructure that runs underneath the city and provides ample space for operators, command and control rooms, and military equipment.”

“Nearly 700 tunnel shafts have been identified in Rafah from which approximately 50 tunnels cross into Egypt,” he added. “These tunnels are used by Hamas to supply itself with weapons and ammunition. It could potentially be used to smuggle out Gaza hostages or Hamas senior operators.”

Just The News reports that earlier this year, the IDF released a report stating that they found a tunnel network that runs partly under UNRWA’s Gaza headquarters.

The report stated that the tunnel is 700 meters long with side rooms and an office space.

Israel is reportedly preparing to carry out an invasion in Rafah as it continues its war with Hamas.

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