A total of 160 rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip since on Thursday alone, the Israeli military says but most of the projectiles were intercepted by the country’s Iron Dome missile defence system.
Massive damage in Gaza and an increasing number of casualties on both sides is also increasing.
When asked to comment about the latest conflict, US President Joe Biden said; “One of the things that I have seen thus far is that there has not been a significant overreaction,” he said adding “The question is how, how we get to a point, they get to a point, where there is a significant reduction in the attacks – particularly the rocket attacks that are indiscriminately fired into population centres.”
High-rise buildings were flattened by the Israeli air force in Gaza while over 1,000 rockets were fired by Gazan militants toward Israel throughout the day, including a rare overnight massive barrage against the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
This was the most intense fighting between rivalling Hamas and Israel since they fought a five-week-long war in 2014.
In what the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) dubbed Operation Guardian of the Walls, the IDF said it has killed about 30 Hamas operatives, in coordination with the Israel Security Agency.
“This was only the beginning. We will inflict blows that they have never dreamed of,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when visiting injured civilians at a hospital in central Israel.
“We will continue our efforts to kill senior operatives,” said IDF Spokesman Jonathan Conricus in a briefing jointly held by the IDF and the Israeli Foreign Ministry early Wednesday evening.
Gazan health officials said children were killed by the Israeli airstrikes, though not confirmed by the military. According to the IDF, at least 200 rockets fired from Gaza landed within the Gaza Strip, suggesting they also caused casualties among Palestinians.
“The full responsibility for the people that were injured and killed in this operation and for this conflict in Gaza lies in the hands of Hamas,” said Lior Haiat, spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
Four Israeli civilians were killed during the latest hostilities, while an Israeli soldier was killed early Wednesday in an anti-tank missile attack on a military patrol on the Gaza border.
“Israel is under a coordinated and planned attack targeting civilians all over the country,” said Haiat. “This is aggression on its sovereignty and its citizens.”
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