IDF releases footage of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

Clay Curtis
November 13, 2018

Tensions have again flared up in the gaza strip.

The rocket fire was triggered by a botched Israeli military raid in Gaza on Sunday.

An Israeli officer was killed in the exchange of fire.

Israeli fighter jets, on Monday, waged airstrikes all over gaza while Palestinian fired dozens of rockets into Israel in retaliation for Tel Aviv's covert assassination operation Sunday night.

Air raid sirens sounded as far away from Gaza as communities near the Dead Sea.

An earlier Israel air strike killed three Palestinians on Monday after a barrage of rocket fire towards its territory from the enclave.

That it occurred just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu declared he was doing everything to avert another war, suggests that Israel did not intend for it to actually spark an escalation.

Israel hasn't consistently determined the perimeter of this access-restricted area along the fence with Gaza, and it has often employed deadly violence to ward off Gaza residents.

Al-Qassam agents stopped it and wanted to search it, realised it was an Israeli operation and confronted them, it said in a statement.

It also said an Israeli bus was hit by fire from the Gaza Strip.

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Israel says it is defending its border against militant infiltrations, but its army has come under worldwide criticism because of the large number of unarmed protesters who have been shot. The AP says the United Nations and Egypt are trying to mediate an end to this latest outburst of violence.

In a separate incident, an anti-tank missile from Gaza struck a bus that had been used by Israeli soldiers, critically injuring one.

Late on Sunday, Palestinians fired 17 rockets into southern Israel in response to the Israeli incursion and air strikes, which Hamas, the dominant Palestinian armed force in the Gaza Strip, said were meant to cover the retreat of a auto used by the Israeli troops.

Israel's military acknowledged hitting the building, saying in a statement "it contributes to Hamas's military actions, including by providing operational messaging to militants, directing and explicitly calling for terror activities against Israel, and providing guidance on how to carry out such terror activities".

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said Monday that Israel has boosted forces near the Gaza border with additional infantry troops, defensive systems and intelligence units.

Photo Most of those killed have been Palestinian militants, with their funerals drawing thousands of mourners in the Gaza Strip.

Last week, Israel allowed Qatar to deliver $15 million in aid to Gaza's cash-strapped Hamas rulers, who responded by lowering the intensity of the border protest.

Qassam members discovered the vehicle and chased it, prompting Israeli airstrikes that killed several people, the group said. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared a screenshot of the alerts, accusing Hamas of "directly & intentionally" targeting civilians.

In a tweet after his arrival back home, Netanyahu praised the slain officer, whose identity was kept confidential for security reasons, and said "our forces acted courageously".

Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008, and recent months have raised fears of a fourth.

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