Hamas launches rockets at Tel Aviv area
Rockets intercepted over Ashkelon, Ashdod; sirens sounds in Rishon LeZion and Rehovot; woman suffers from shock.
Latest Update: 07.30.14, 23:17 / Israel News
Rocket fire at Israel resumed Wednesday night with sirens sounding at 10:20 am in Rishon LeZion. Rehovot and Ness Ziona. One rocket exploded in an open territory in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Hamas’ military wing, al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.
Gaza militants also fired rockets on Ashkelon at 9:45 pm. Iron Dome intercepted three rockets launched on the city, while one fell in an open area. Two rockets were also intercepted over Merhavim.
Some six rockets fired from Gaza fell in open area in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council after 5 pm on Wednesday. Another rocket fired from Gaza was intercepted above the southern town of Netivot.
After a relatively quiet night, rocket fire at southern Israel resumed in the morning when three rockets hit open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council.
Code Red rocket sirens were sounded in the Gaza border communities, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ofakim and the Sdot Negev Regional Council.
After announcing that the Gaza factions are not obligated to adhere to Israel’s unilateral humanitarian ceasefire, requested by the UN, the Palestinians fired at least three rockets at Israel past the 3pm start time of the truce. One rocket hit inside a community in Sdot Negev, and a woman suffered from shock. Another was intercepted over Ashdod, and a third fell in an open area in Hof Ashkelon.
A spokesman from the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees said the humanitarian halt in fire was decided on without coordination with the Palestinian factions in Gaza, and is therefore unilateral and the Gaza groups are not obligated to adhere to it.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said “the ceasefire Israel declared is for the media and has no value because it does not include the areas of conflict on the border.”
Before that, the relative calm from the night continued into the morning when a significantly low number of rockets were fired at southern Israel. Three rockets fell outside communities in Eshkol, two were intercepted over Netivot and Merhavim, and two exploded in farming areas, causing damage.
Hamas calls on Hezbollah to fight Israel
Deputy head Moussa Abu Marzouk hopes Lebanese terror group will join conflict; Nasrallah declares support for Gazans
By Aron Dónzis July 30, 2014, 2:32 pm 20
As Operation Protection Edge continues into its fourth week, Hamas has asked Hezbollah to join the fight against Israel.
Moussa Abu Marzouk, the Cairo-based deputy head of Hamas’s political bureau, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti, “We hope the Lebanese front will open and together we will fight against this formation [Israel],” The Daily Star reported.
“There’s no arguing that Lebanese resistance could mean a lot,” he declared.
Since the outset of Operation Protective on July 8, several rockets have been fired upon northern Israel from Lebanon, though Palestinian groups, not Hezbollah, have been suspected in those cases.
On Wednesday morning, an IDF patrol was fired upon in the northern Galilee.
While there have been no injuries or damage incurred from these incidents, the IDF, the Lebanese Army and UN peacekeeping troops have all increased their presence along the Israel-Lebanon border.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has vowed that his party will stand by Hamas and all of Gaza.
In his first remarks on the fighting that erupted on July 8 as Israel launched a campaign to stem rocket fire from Gaza upon Israe’s towns and locate and destroy cross-border attack tunnels, Nasrallah warned Israel on Friday that its efforts to wage war in the Gaza Strip would falter.
“Ehud Barak said that in any possible war between Israel and Gaza, it would be quick and decisive and the victory would be clear,” Nasrallah said, referring to Israel’s former prime minister and defense minister, “but Gaza today says to them — you are cowards that murder children, and if you face our heroes face to face, you and your army will fall.”
Nasrallah’s speech was reported to be a rare public appearance before a crowd of supporters, though TV footage which only showed the Hezbollah leader alone in extreme close-up made the claim dubious. The speech was given to mark “Al-Quds Day,” a day of solidarity with Palestinians that Arabs traditionally observe on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Al-Quds is Arabic for Jerusalem.
Hezbollah, a Shiite group, has long been one of the closest allies of Hamas, the main Palestinian Sunni faction which controls Gaza. Both terror groups are backed by Iran.