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IDF says war in Gaza approaching

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A member of the Hamas military police walks through rubble at a site that was hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on August 9, 2018 (AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS)

A member of the Hamas military police walks through rubble at a site that was hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on August 9, 2018 (AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS)

A senior army official warned Thursday morning that Israel was nearing a full-blown military confrontation in the Gaza Strip after hundreds of rockets were launched overnight by Palestinian terror groups, adding that the government could begin evacuating communities near the coastal enclave in preparation.

“We are rapidly nearing a confrontation,” the IDF senior officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Hamas is making serious mistakes, and we may have to make it clear after four years that this path doesn’t yield any results for it and isn’t worth it.”

Authorities said over 150 rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israeli communities since Wednesday evening. The barrages by the Hamas terror group continued throughout the night and into Thursday.

According to IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, at least seven people in total were injured in southern Israel by the Gaza rocket attacks, including a woman who was seriously injured when a projectile struck her home in the Eshkol region of southern Israel.

In response to the attacks, the Israeli army said, it struck over 140 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight.

The military said its raids targeted training compounds as well as weapons-manufacturing facilities and storage warehouses. The air force also targeted sites from which rockets were being launched, including a car that the army said was being used by a cell of terrorists. One Hamas operative was reportedly killed in the airstrike. Unconfirmed reports claimed he was the relative of a senior Hamas commander.

Hamas said a 23-year-old pregnant woman and her infant daughter were killed in an IDF strike. The woman’s husband was reported moderately injured.

Conricus said he could not comment on the case, but stressed that the air force was bombing “only military targets” in the Gaza Strip.

At least six other Palestinians were injured as a result of the IDF strikes, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

“We have more capabilities in our arsenal,” the anonymous senior officer threatened. “We are ready to continue attacking, attacking and attacking. Our strikes deeply affect Hamas. It would be better off returning to the understandings reached after Operation Protective Edge [in 2014].”

The military said a large number of additional forces were being deployed to the Gaza area. However, no additional reservist units have been called up as of Thursday morning, Conricus said.

According to the spokesman, the military was ready to evacuate communities in southern Israel if war breaks out.

“This is something that we are prepared to do, but this is not something that is in process or that we are eager to do,” Conricus said.

The woman who was seriously injured in Israel was a 30-year-old foreign worker from Thailand. She suffered injuries to her abdomen and limbs. Another person was lightly injured in the same barrage, and several were treated for shock.

Most of the rockets fired from Gaza hit open areas. The Iron Dome defense system — which targets only missiles projected to strike communities — destroyed 25 of the rockets.

Conricus said the system was operating as well as the military had expected, but stressed that it could not provide perfect, “hermetic” protection.

Indeed, several hit homes and factories in Israeli communities, causing damage. One barrage that slammed into the city of Sderot Wednesday evening injured at least three Israelis. Thirteen others were treated for panic attacks, including two pregnant women who went into premature labor.

The current round of violence “is definitely not over,” Conricus said.

“We are in the midst of a new round, the end of which I cannot see yet,” the anonymous official added. “We struck a range of targets, including tunnel shafts and many military compounds belonging to Hamas. What we wanted to destroy was done very well.

“Meanwhile, there are talks on calming the situation down and reaching an agreement. This morning, I understand, Hamas is distancing itself from an agreement, and nearing a conflict in which it will suffer a hard blow. Its two million hostages will be the ones suffering.”

Following the attacks from Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met overnight with senior officers from the IDF and other security services at the military’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, to discuss the situation and decide on a course of action.

The security cabinet was also due to hold a special session on Thursday afternoon regarding the ongoing violence.

Sirens sounded in Israeli communities throughout the night, and thousands of families slept in bomb shelters and protected spaces.

Israel Police officers search for pieces of rockets that were fired from the Gaza Strip and struck the southern Israeli town of Sderot on August 8, 2018. (Israel Police)

Overnight six rockets exploded in Sderot, including two that hit homes and one that hit a factory. Another hit a house in the Hof Asheklon regional council. In all cases the rockets caused damage but no casualties. In addition, a rocket hit a factory in the Sha’ar Hanegev region, breaking through the roof and damaging equipment inside, a spokesperson for the region said. The factory was empty of people at the time of the rocket attack.

Residents of southern Israel were told to remain close to bomb shelters in case of additional rockets or mortar shells from Gaza.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks, saying it was avenging the deaths of two operatives killed in an Israeli strike the day before — a strike that came in response to what the IDF initially identified as a shooting attack on its forces, but which was apparently an internal Hamas exercise.

The United Nations condemned the Hamas rocket fire.

Nikolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, speaks during a press conference at the UNESCO headquarters in Gaza City, September 25, 2017. (AFP/MOHAMMED ABED)

“I am deeply alarmed by the recent escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel, and particularly by today’s multiple rockets fired towards communities in southern Israel,” UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement.

He called on all sides to step “back from the brink” and restore calm.

US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt also condemned Hamas in a tweet. “Another night of terror & families huddling in fear as Israel defends itself,” he said.

“This is the Hamas regime’s choice. Hamas is subjecting people to the terrifying conditions of war again.”

The recent rocket fire represented a major uptick in tensions along the border, amid intensive talks between Israel and Hamas for a long-term ceasefire.

Such an agreement is meant to end not only rocket launches and shootings from Gaza but also the regular incendiary kite and balloon attacks from the Palestinian enclave that have burned large swaths of land in southern Israel and caused millions of shekels of damage.

 

Times of Isreal



18 Comments on "IDF says war in Gaza approaching"

  1. joe on Thu, 9th Aug 2018 2:39 pm 

    It’s like a war between a fly and a swatter. The goyim ghetto will be the shame of Israel and has marked the Zionist project as a racist and chauvinist project. Passing laws that only give rights to Jews is no different than giving them to whites, or like the new law in South Africa that allows the state to take land from white farmers and give them nothing for it and give it to blacks (who probobly will just build shacks on it).
    Racism is a cancer that infects all races and religions. It is a human instinct that we all deny exists. We were never meant to mix the way we do. Muhammad Ali was right when he said each race should stick with its own.

  2. Davy on Thu, 9th Aug 2018 2:48 pm 

    Yea, joe, and where does it end? Reduction into ever smaller specialized groups until all there is that is safe is the isolated ego. I would say the measure of “sticking with his own” varies widely. Specialized groups at some point become inbred and sterile. Too much variety creates mongrels.

  3. joe on Thu, 9th Aug 2018 4:10 pm 

    Have to give big props to Canada, hope they don’t back down to the moon god worshippers of Mecca.

    “https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/saudi-canada-row-trudeau-stands-human-rights-call-180809083737496.html”

    This came after they CRUCIFIED a man in Mecca.

  4. GetAVasectomyAndÙLetTheHumanSpecieDieGracefully on Thu, 9th Aug 2018 4:27 pm 

    One of my hypothesis (probably wrong) is Trudeau is pushing democracy in the middle east so middle-east Arab people can build their own and make them habitable for Arab people.

    Me as a white I am fed up to be invaded by Arab, Black, Asian, Indian. At this point since everything is collapsing might as well push democracy on middle-east countries and hope this generation some kind of renaissance and building of more stable countries. The mass migration will only stop once Africa and Middle-east countries are stabilized and can offer some kind of happy life. I hope Jews won’t try to derail this

    But I suspect Trudeau is an idiot and he is doing this to get reelected or to feed his personal ego.

  5. Harquebus on Thu, 9th Aug 2018 6:32 pm 

    As goes the U.S., so goes Israel. At least the U.S. is in a reasonably friendly neighborhood.

  6. makati1 on Thu, 9th Aug 2018 6:39 pm 

    Israel should be totally leveled in this “war”. Then the empire will end as any reason to fight will be gone. Israel should never have been created in the first place. Radical Jews are no better than radical Muslims.

  7. simon on Fri, 10th Aug 2018 2:15 am 

    Mak. They are better looking … nuff said

  8. makati1 on Fri, 10th Aug 2018 2:47 am 

    simon, you do know that there are Muslims in most every country and many are white, black, Asian and Middle Eastern? You walk by them everyday and don’t know it. You may even work with them. Here are a few countries with their Muslim population as of 2012. I’m sure the numbers are higher now. LOL

    2012 numbers / Several sources:

    US = ~3,500,000
    Canada = ~1,000,000
    Mexico = ~110,000
    Russia = ~16,000,000
    Japan = ~185,000
    China = ~25,000,000
    North Korea = ~3,000
    South Korea = ~75,000
    New Zealand = ~41,000
    Philippines = ~5,000,000 (Mostly in Mindanao)

  9. makati1 on Fri, 10th Aug 2018 2:55 am 

    BTW: simon: Forty percent of American Muslims are white. Twenty percent are black. Twenty eight percent are Asian. Eight percent are Hispanic. Three percent are other.

    http://www.pewforum.org/2017/07/26/demographic-portrait-of-muslim-americans/

    You don’t know who your neighbors are. Maybe you are a racist?

  10. Simon Rodgers on Fri, 10th Aug 2018 4:30 am 

    Mak … calling anyone a racist, gets better by the day.

    I am ugliest … I believe they cant touch you for it.

    Also, as a self professed Athiest labelling any action I take in a derogatory manner is extreme arrogance, I am sure you will agree

  11. Cloggie on Fri, 10th Aug 2018 5:17 am 

    Admit it Simon, you’re f*, now that the ultimate American smear has been launched against you: “racist”. Your life will never be the same again. It has similar detrimental effect on your life as if you were labeled a “class enemy”, the favorite smear of that other ZOG empire, the USSR, fortunately now defunct.

    On a positive note, that kosher smear “racist” will evaporate on the moment the remaining ZOG empire will go belly up in a sea of inter-ethnic violence. Until that moment arrives you are well-advised to put hour fingers in hour ears.

  12. makati1 on Fri, 10th Aug 2018 5:33 am 

    “Mak. They are better looking … nuff said”

    Implying that Jews are better looking? That is how I read it. Which Jews? I think most Jews are ugly. Hooked noses, beards, etc. The is the picture I get when I see the word Jew. Does that make me wrong?

  13. Davy on Fri, 10th Aug 2018 6:36 am 

    “You don’t know who your neighbors are. Maybe you are a racist?”

    Billy as usual you label Simon an American because you label everyone you don’t like or arguing with an American. He is not American dumbass.

  14. Davy on Fri, 10th Aug 2018 6:37 am 

    “BTW: simon: Forty percent of American Muslims are white.”

    Who cares you closet racist. Stay on topic

  15. Davy on Fri, 10th Aug 2018 6:40 am 

    “Admit it Simon, you’re f*, now that the ultimate American smear has been launched against you: “racist”. Your life will never be the same again. It has similar detrimental effect on your life as if you were labeled a “class enemy”, the favorite smear of that other ZOG empire, the USSR, fortunately now defunct.”
    Geeze, the ultimate card carrying racist speaks. This extremist makes racism the issue in life all else is based on. Talk about someone in a mind prison of hate and resentment.

    “On a positive note, that kosher smear “racist” will evaporate on the moment the remaining ZOG empire will go belly up in a sea of inter-ethnic violence. Until that moment arrives you are well-advised to put hour fingers in hour ears.”
    Zog Zog Zog, all problems are related to ZOG. It seems back in the 30’s we heard the same noises. What a friggen waste of time.

  16. Simon Rodgers on Fri, 10th Aug 2018 6:44 am 

    Make Said – I think most Jews are ugly. Hooked noses, beards, etc. The is the picture I get when I see the word Jew. Does that make me wrong?

    Dave Said – Who cares you closet racist. Stay on topic

    Dave, Mak has burst out of the closet

  17. DerHundistLos on Fri, 10th Aug 2018 7:29 pm 

    Mak is perfectly entitled to his perspectives, which as opposed to Davyturd, Mak supports with evidence. Mak and I don’t always agree, but Mak always debates topics in a polite and cordial manner. Treat kindness with kindness and ugliness with same.

  18. Davy on Fri, 10th Aug 2018 7:33 pm 

    “Mak always debates topics in a polite and cordial manner. Treat kindness with kindness and ugliness with same.”

    Der hund, are you popping opiates tonight? You goofy bastard.

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