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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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Islamic Jihad shows off ‘tunnel city’ for next attack on Israel

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Mohammed Raad, the head of the Hezbollah parliamentary bloc in the Lebanese parliament asked for a mere $9 billion to destroy Israel completely. “The resistance only needs $9 billion and there will be nothing left called Israel in the region” he said over the weekend.

Meanwhile, another terrorist organization shows how they too are planning to obliterate the state of Israel. Islamic Jihad gave a media tour in Gaza, where the terror group touted its offensive and defensive tunnel systems.

“In a ‘tunnel city’ under the sandy soils of southern Gaza, Palestinian terrorists are preparing for the next conflict with Israel, as tensions in Jerusalem threaten to escalate” reports the Times of Israel.

The underground tunnels “leave no trace on the surface” and entrances are “discreetly tucked into the foot of a small hill.” The tunnels are also “complete with electric lights, a ventilation system and telecoms cables, the tunnels also have small rooms for storing weapons and ammunition.”

Abu Hamza, Al-Quds Brigade spokesman of Islamic Jihad said “the tunnels have been repaired and the rocket stocks have been replenished” since last year’s war. He also thanked Iran for its support for helping to rebuild and replace its weapons cache.

Another source who asked not to be named, said the terror group has “a large number of offensive tunnels that stretch deep into [Israel] and are linked up to a system of drones.” He also said the group’s rockets are capable of reaching the whole of Israel.

“The rockets are on high alert and we’re waiting for the leadership to decide” said a gunman sitting close to one of the tunnel entrances with a group of gunmen under the trees.

Times of Israel reports on the latest tensions:

Weeks of deadly violence including a series of Palestinian terror attacks in Israel, Palestinian riots and a police crackdown around Jerusalem’s Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa Mosque, and stepped up IDF operations in the West Bank have prompted Islamic Jihad to threaten an escalation.

After two deadly attacks in Tel Aviv and Bnai Brak, the IDF carried out large-scale raids in the West Bank, notably the Jenin area from which the terrorists hailed.

Those operations sparked intense firefights which killed several fighters from Islamic Jihad, which is supported by Israel’s nemesis Iran.

And on Monday evening, a rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel, prompting an Israeli airstrike against a weapons factory.

No faction has yet claimed responsibility, but the incident — the first of its type since January — heightened fears of a further escalation.

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