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Israeli fighter jets striking Gaza after massive mortar fire from the strip - IDF

Published time: 12 Nov, 2018 15:12
Edited time: 12 Nov, 2018 16:55

Smoke rises fromt he site of an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza strip on Monday morning © AFP / Said Khatib

Israeli fighter jets have pounded the Gaza strip, after mortar fire from inside the Palestinian-controlled strip hit a bus in the Israeli side of the border, the Israel Defense Forces have said.

Two Palestinians have been killed, Gaza's health ministry confirmed.

The airstrikes are the latest escalation in several days of reciprocal attacks between Israel and the Palestinian territories. Earlier on Monday, a barrage of mortar fire from Gaza hit an Israeli bus, wounding at least one person, Reuters reported.

That attack was itself a response to an Israeli special forces raid in the Gaza strip on Sunday night that saw at least two Hamas commanders and four other Palestinians killed. One Israeli soldier was also killed, and another wounded. Israeli warplanes reportedly lobbed missiles at the area after the raid, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut his visit to Paris short to return, in light of the “security incidents.”

The IDF claims 80 mortars were fired into Israel in less than 40 minutes on Monday, while Hamas claims to have launched 100. Sirens wailed across southern Israel as the Iron Dome struggled to intercept the incoming firestorm.

Residents of Israel’s border towns described the attacks to Haaretz as sounding “almost like a war,” while former IDF spokesman Avi Meyer said that he “can’t remember the last time southern Israel came under such a heavy attack from Gaza.”

The latest escalation in an ongoing tit-for-tat struggle, Sunday’s raid and Monday’s airstrikes came at a time of relative calm. Earlier on Sunday, Netanyahu told reporters that he was looking into the possibility of a long-term ceasefire with Hamas, and explained that he had allowed suitcases stuffed with $15 million in cash to enter Gaza from Qatar last week, to “prevent a humanitarian crisis in Gaza.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry responded to the flareup with a call for ceasefire.

“We call upon the Palestinians and Israelis to immediately return to a sustainable ceasefire, to show restraint, to take measures in order to avoid confrontation with unpredictable consequences,” the Ministry said on Monday.

R ~ 'tit-for-tat'. Really? And who claims that Hamas fired mortars? The IDF and the Mossad, who are infamous for firing so-called rockets from Palestinian land into Israel to frame the Palestinians. Oddly, Hamas, or whoever the IDF claims are behind these attacks, never hit any Israelis. I suppose we're supposed to believe that Hamas is consistently inept when using weaponry. If we are to believe the IDF (and who would?) Hamas really sucks at terrorism. Israel is much, much better at it, using illegal ammo, phosphorus and American supplied jets to kill unarmed civilians. They excel at it if anyone bothers to read through the hundreds of atrocities, provable atrocities, that Israel can lay claim to.

If 'tit-for-tat' then Israel's bill is far greater than they might attribute to Hamas.
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