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Escalation: Terrorists Again Fire Rockets at Israel, IAF Bombs Hamas Targets

2 February, 2020   |   2 weeks ago

Gaza-based terrorists on Saturday launched rockets, mortars and booby-trapped balloons into Israel, the fourth consecutive day that terrorists in Gaza have attacked Israeli civilians.

Some 13 rockets were fired at Israel since Wednesday, most of them exploding in open spaces and at least four were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.

No one was injured in the attacks and no damage was caused.

In response to Saturday’s attacks, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) on Saturday struck a number of Hamas targets in Gaza. The targets included underground infrastructures used by Hamas, including a headquarters post.

Attacking these targets “impairs” Hamas’ ability to build itself up militarily, the IDF claimed.

The IAF bombed Hamas targets on Friday night as well. Earlier in the day, an IDF tank attacked a Hamas military position in southern Gaza in response to mortar shells fired from Gaza toward Israeli territory.

“We hold Hamas responsible and will continue operating against any attempt to harm Israeli civilians,” the IDF stated.

The IDF’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced sanctions on Gaza in response to the escalation, including the halt of imports of cement into the Gaza Strip and the cutting of 500 entry permits for merchants from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

The import of the cement from Israeli into Gaza was halted just a few days after it was renewed for the first time since Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014.

Israel’s south had seen a significant escalation in the attacks from Gaza in the past few weeks with the renewed launch of balloons attached to explosive charges, and the intensification of rocket fire in recent days.

The explosive and flammable balloon attacks have returned to haunt Israel’s residents in the south in the past weeks after several months in which such attacks from Gaza ceased. Over 50 such explosive charges have landed in Israeli territory in the past two weeks. No one was injured in the attacks.

IAF Strikes Hamas Targets in Response to Rocket Attacks, Booby-Trapped Balloons

30 January, 2020   |   3 weeks ago

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday evening bombed several Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip in response to several attacks on Israel earlier in the day.

Gaza-based terrorists launched three rockets and several balloons tied to explosive charges into Israel. the projectiles and explosive charges landed in open spaces, causing no injuries or damage.

In response, IDF aircraft struck Hamas targets, including a weapons manufacturing site and underground infrastructure.

“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip and it will bear the consequences for actions against Israeli citizens,” the IDF stated.

The exchange of fire has become routine in recent days, and this is the third night in a week that the IAF conducted strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza.

Balloons attached to explosive charges launched by terrorists from Gaza continued to land at several locations in Israel’s south and at other locations, some two weeks that Israel has been contending with this threat.

The explosive and flammable balloon attacks have returned to haunt Israel’s residents in the south in the past weeks after several months in which such attacks from Gaza ceased.

The explosive devices are upgraded and are equipped with elements to increase casualties among the civilian population.

‘I Will Always Stand with the State of Israel’, Trump Tweets in Hebrew

29 January, 2020   |   3 weeks ago

President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted in Hebrew his “strong” support for Israel after unveiling the Deal of the Century peace plan together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a special ceremony at the White House.

“I will always stand with the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I strongly support their safety and security and their right to live within their historical homeland. It’s time for peace!” Trump tweeted in Hebrew and then in English together with a map of the diplomatic plan.

In Arabic, he simply tweeted “this is what the future state of Palestine might look like with a capital in parts of eastern Jerusalem.”

“Today, Israel takes a big step towards peace. Young people across the Middle East are ready for a more hopeful future, and governments throughout the region are realizing that terrorism and Islamic extremism are everyone’s common enemy,” he stated at the White House.

“Israel is a light unto the world.  The hearts and history of our people are woven together.  The Land of Israel is an ancient home, a sacred place of worship, and a solemn promise to the Jewish people that we will never again repeat history’s darkest hour,” he added.

Pardoning Committee Approves Appeal of Israeli Jailed in Russia

28 January, 2020   |   3 weeks ago

A pardoning committee in Russia approved on Monday the pardon request filed Na’ama Issachar, the Israeli jailed in Russia for a minor drug offense.

The request was relayed to President Vladimir Putin and awaits his confirmation, the last stage before Issachar can be released.

Officials close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu credited the “significant progress” towards Issachar’s release to the “close and personal relationship” between Netanyahu and Putin.

Netanyahu spoke to Putin seven times about Issachar’s release, and along with conversations held between Israeli and Russian officials, the issue was raised about 20 times since Issachar’s arrest on April 9 at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, where she had stopped for a connecting flight to Tel Aviv from New Delhi. Russian authorities found 9.5 grams of cannabis in her luggage and arrested her.

In Jerusalem last week, Putin said that “everything will be alright” in regards to Issachar’s release.

IAF Strikes Hamas Target in Response to Rocket Attack, Booby-Trapped Balloons

27 January, 2020   |   3 weeks ago

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on Sunday night bombed a Hamas military post in response to a rocket attack and explosive balloons launched by terrorists from the Gaza Strip at Israel.

Gaza-based terrorists launched several balloons attached to explosives and, later on, a rocket towards Israeli territory. The rocket attack set off an alert on the IDF’s app but not wide-spread alarms.

The projectile and explosive charges caused no injuries or damage.

The IAF hit one Hamas military post in the southern Strip.

This is the second night in a row that the IAF conducted strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza.

On Sunday, balloons attached to explosive charges launched by terrorists from Gaza landed at several locations in Israel’s south and at other locations, the 10th consecutive day that Israel has been contending with this threat.

The explosive and flammable balloon attacks have returned to haunt Israel’s residents in the south in the past week after several months in which such attacks from Gaza ceased.

The explosive devices are upgraded and are equipped with elements to increase casualties among the civilian population.

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