The Hamas terrorist group warned that its message “is clear” that “the Israeli escalation will be met with an even broader response.”
While the attacks continue and in the early hours of this Thursday, for the first time since the beginning of the tensions, they have increased the impact of rockets in the north of Israel.
The night bombings continue to take place throughout this early Thursday morning, when a battery of new projectiles were launched from the Gaza Strip, which set off anti-aircraft alarms in Gush Dan, Modi’in and Ashkelon, while sirens were also activated in northern Israel for the first time since the beginning of the escalation of tensions.
According to Israeli press reports, Hamas increased the range of its shots, as sirens sounded in the Sharon and Lower Galilee regions.
Also tonight one of the rockets launched from the Strip hit a house in Petah Tikva, east of Tel Aviv, wounding five people, one of whom was injured by smoke inhalation due to a fire upon impact.
Another rocket hit a house in Rishon Lezion, south of Tel Aviv, although it did not cause any casualties. It is the third consecutive bombing that Hamas launched in the early hours of this Thursday from Gaza to Tel Aviv.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that they attacked the house of a commander of the Hamas armed wing, Iyad Tayeb – commander of a Central Camps battalion -, since “his house served as infrastructure for the group terrorist”. Previously, they also reached a bank and a Hamas intelligence infrastructure.
The Islamist militias of Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched 1,600 rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel since the start of the escalation, of which 90% were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, reported the Israeli Army.
Of the total number of projectiles launched since Monday at 3.00 GMT, including tonight, 400 were missed and fell on the same strip. In turn, the armed forces attacked more than 600 targets in the enclave, according to a statement today.
New clashes have broken out after rising tensions in Jerusalem, due to the rise in eviction orders for Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrá neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, and that in recent days have left protests against the repression by the Israeli security forces.
Tensions escalated on Sunday when Israeli forces stormed the Esplanade of the Mosques.
In response, Hamas launched several projectiles against Jerusalem and its surroundings prompting Israel to respond with a bombing campaign against the enclave, to which Palestinian factions have responded by increasing their rocket fire.
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