Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Israel fires missiles at Gaza in largest firefight in 4 years

Israel's military launched airstrikes into Gaza Tuesday to retaliate for a large mortar attack against Israeli settlements, officials said.

The strikes came shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to "respond with great force" to the attacks, which officials said included 28 mortar shells.

"Israel will exact a heavy price from anyone who tries to attack it, and we view Hamas as responsible for preventing such attacks against us," Netanyahu said on Twitter.

Israel's military said the mortar shells, which triggered three rounds of sirens in the Sha'ar Hanegev and Eshkol regions, were mostly intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. Some of the mortars, it added, landed on the grounds of a kindergarten before students arrived.

Tuesday's was the largest and most serious exchange of fire in the conflict since 2014.

1 comment :

  1. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said they have launched a military operation in Gaza after a barrage of mortar shells was fired towards Israel. The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted the majority of the missiles.
    “The IDF is currently operating in the Gaza Strip. The explosions heard are related to this activity,” the Israeli forces said in a statement released on Twitter. “A barrage” of at least 28 mortar shells was launched towards several locations in Israel, according to the IDF.

    “Most of the launches were intercepted by the IDF's Iron Dome aerial-defense system,” the army added.


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