Israel launches fresh airstrike on northern Gaza Strip
Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:58AM GMT
Israeli forces have launched a fresh airstrike on the northern Gaza Strip as Tel Aviv intensifies its attacks on the blockaded Palestinian enclave.
The strike occurred late on Wednesday night, shortly after the military wing of Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said they had fired a homemade missile into Tel Aviv.
At least ten Palestinians, including senior Hamas commander Ahmed al-Ja’bari, were killed in Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
Ja’bari – the most senior Hamas official to be killed since Israel’s invasion of Gaza in late 2008 – died after the car he was traveling in was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.
Two children and a woman are also among the victims of Israel’s deadly raids, which the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine described as a declaration of war.
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades also stated that Israel opened gates of hell for itself by killing Ja’bari.
Tel Aviv’s attacks drew a fiery response from Palestinian resistance movements, who fired dozens of rockets at Israeli settlements in Negev, leaving several Israelis injured.
Hamas also announced that it has hit Tel Aviv with a homemade rocket, prompting Israelis to declare a state of alert.
Rockets fired from Gaza also hit an area near Israel’s Dimona nuclear facility. It is the first time that Palestinian rockets have reached the area.
Israeli drones and warplanes continue to target the long-blockaded Gaza Strip, while an Israeli official has said that Ja’bari’s assassination was not the end of Tel Aviv’s assault on the coastal sliver and that more strikes would follow.
The Israeli military has also said that it is prepared for a ground operation in Gaza “if necessary.”