IDF HITS HAMAS CENTER AFTER BARRAGES ON TEL AVIV, BEERSHEBA: The following is special coverage of the conflict between IDF and Hamas forces in the Gaza strip.
Hamas operatives fired large fusillades of rockets at the Tel Aviv area and Beersheba and toward Eilat’s airport on Thursday afternoon, in what the terror group said was an act of revenge for its commanders who were killed in Israeli strikes this week.
A few dozen rockets were fired in the attacks, which triggered sirens throughout central Israel and the northern Negev desert. A 60-year-old woman was lightly injured by shrapnel in the town of Kiryat Gat in southern Israel, along with a 7-year-old boy and 40-year-old woman who were injured while running to bomb shelters, medics said. Following the rocket fire, the Israeli military said it struck a number of Hamas targets in Gaza, including an intelligence facility with dozens of terrorist operatives inside, as heavy rocket fire at Beersheba and other southern communities continued into the evening. (TOI / VFI News)
ISRAEL PRESSES UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO CONDEMN HAMAS ATTACKS: Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations Gilad Erdan on Thursday sent an official letter to the United Nations Security Council and to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calling on them to strongly condemn the terrorist attacks from Gaza and to support Israel’s right to defend itself.
In the letter, Ambassador Erdan writes: “Hamas, an internationally designated terrorist Jihadist group supported by Iran, is responsible for these murderous attacks. The indiscriminate rocket fire constitutes a double war crime: targeting Israel’s civilian population and launching the rockets from within Gaza’s civilian neighborhoods and institutions. Hamas purposely places its terror facilities in the heart of the civilian population, including within multi-story buildings, cynically using the local Palestinian population as human shields. In addition, Hamas is presenting itself as the ‘defender of Jerusalem and the holy sites.’ This is, of course, a lie. It is clear that Hamas premeditated this escalation in violence and terrorism and is happy to pay the price of casualties on both sides in order to strengthen itself politically.” (INN / VFI News)
GANTZ ORDERS CALLUP OF BORDER PATROL RESERVES AS JEWISH-ARAB VIOLENCE SPIRALS: After a night of violence that saw Jewish and Arab rioters wreak havoc in several towns, overwhelming local police, Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday ordered a major call-up of Border Police reservists to bolster officers working to contain the unrest.
Ten companies of reservists from the paramilitary Border Police were to be brought in, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. “We are in a time of emergency,” Gantz said, noting the nationalist background of the turmoil. “At this time a massive response by forces on the ground is needed.” (TOI / VFI News)
BEN-GURION CLOSES TO ARRIVING FLIGHTS: Ben-Gurion Airport began rerouting all inbound flights to Ramon International Airport in southern Israel on Thursday morning, as terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip continued to launch rockets into Israeli territory. Departing flights will still take off from Ben-Gurion Airport.
Hamas’ military wing, the Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades, sent out a blast message on Thursday to international airlines, warning them that they will be targeting Israeli airports, and called it a “legal disclaimer” to serve as a warning. United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and American Airlines have canceled flights between the United States and Tel Aviv, according to data by flight tracker FlightAware, amid an escalating conflict in Israel. (JPost / VFI News)
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff