by: Kate Norman
Thursday, 7 February 2019 | Jerusalem and neighboring residents heard a test siren on Wednesday morning as part of the Home Front Command’s scheduled drill to prepare Israel for an air raid or missile attack. Israelis in southern Israel, however, heard the real deal on Wednesday evening, as the all too familiar Code Red siren screamed a warning of an incoming rocket attack.
Palestinian terrorists fired the first rocket of February from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on Wednesday night, reportedly causing no damage or injuries. The Eshkol Regional Council spokesperson said Israeli citizens nearby heard a loud explosion as the rocket crashed in an open field.
An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tank responded to the attack by firing at a Hamas military post in southern Gaza, the Israeli military stated.
Israeli media reported earlier yesterday that another rocket had been fired from Gaza toward Israel but didn’t cross the border, landing in Palestinian territory. According to i24 news, the IDF said it was an “internal issue” and declined to comment further.
The Jewish state warned Hamas via Egyptian mediators that the upcoming election on April 9 will not deter Israel from launching a military campaign should the violence on the Gaza border continue, Channel 12 news reported Saturday.
“Israel can make tough decisions during elections and is not afraid of a military campaign,” the Jewish state said in its warning message to the terror group, according to the Times of Israel.
Palestinians have been flocking to the Israeli–Gaza border every Friday since last March to riot, burning tires, throwing stones, launching incendiary kites and balloons and occasionally firing into Israeli territory. Last Friday, 10,000 Palestinians rioted at the border, causing the IDF to respond with tear gas and live fire after being targeted by tires, rocks and explosive devices, the Times reported.
According to i24, Hamas’s leadership in Gaza were meeting in Cairo with Egyptian mediators for peace on Wednesday when the rockets were launched from the terror enclave.
Posted on February 7, 2019
Source: (Bridges for Peace, February 7, 2019)
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