Tel Aviv – Hamas militant groups and Islamic Jihad fired dozens of rockets from the Gaza Strip at Tel Aviv and other cities in central Israel on Tuesday night, a new step in the current conflict that is expected to lead to increased Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.
Why does it matter: The current crisis began in Jerusalem but developed into a military conflict across Israel and Gaza that remained on the path of escalation.
to focus: Air strikes sounded in Tel Aviv at 20:45 local time (13:45 Israel time), and were heard five more times during the next half hour.
- Most of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system, but some hit populated areas. At least one Israeli citizen was killed and several dozen were injured.
- The rocket barrage forced the closure of Israel’s international airport for landings and departures for two hours.
Game status: At least 28 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks over the past 24 hours, including 10 children, according to Gaza health officials.
- The Israeli Air Force continued its airstrikes in Gaza throughout the day, including on several high-rise buildings that it claims hosted Hamas facilities.
- One thirteen-story tower was destroyed after residents were warned to evacuate, and several senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad commanders were killed.
- Meanwhile, two Israeli women were killed by rockets fired at southern Israel earlier today by Hamas and Islamic Jihad. At least 95 Israelis were treated for injuries.
- Hamas claimed to have fired 137 rockets during the same earlier storm in an attempt to overthrow the Iron Dome system.
The exchange of fire began On Monday after Hamas threatened military action if the Israeli police did not leave the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, or the Temple Mount, a holy site for Muslims and Jews alike, where Israeli security forces raided earlier on Monday.
- After Hamas fired rockets at Jerusalem, Israel carried out a series of airstrikes and warned of a military campaign that could last several days.
- The Israeli military said it had attacked 130 “terrorist targets” in Gaza tonight, including two attack tunnels dug under the border with Israel.
What they say: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the latest barrage from Gaza that Israel would continue its attacks on Gaza “in full force,” while Defense Minister Bnei Gantz said the military campaign was just beginning and was planned to restore long-term calm.
- A spokesman for Hamas’ military wing said that if the Israeli attacks continued, Hamas would carry out a missile attack that would exceed what was seen on Monday afternoon in southern Israel.
- Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the Palestinians had already won the conflict: “Gaza insisted on Jerusalem’s victory, he said. He added that Egypt, Qatar and the UN were in touch with Hamas regarding the restoration of the peace, and said he replied that Israel was responsible for the escalation.
The White House The press secretary, Jen Pesky, called for an escalation while condemning Hamas attacks and a statement on Israel’s right to defend itself.
- Foreign Minister Belinkan also condemned the rocket attacks from Gaza in a conversation with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said.
- Meanwhile, President Biden sent a letter to Palestinian President Abu Mazen, who also touched on the need to ease the current crisis with Israel, according to a White House National Security Council spokesman.
- National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with his Israeli counterpart on Tuesday and expressed “Biden’s unwavering support for Israel’s security and her legitimate right to protect herself and her people, while protecting civilians,” according to the White House.
One courier Peace in the Middle East Tor Wonsland Tweeted on Twitter: “Stop the fire immediately. We are moving towards war on a full scale. Leaders on all sides must take responsibility for lowering the escalation. The cost of the war in Gaza is devastating and is being paid by ordinary people. The UN is working with all sides to restore calm. Stop the violence now. “