Israel responds to Gaza rockets by killing three, including Hamas terrorist

Minnie Murray
August 10, 2018

What outraged the Israeli side is the BBC's "deliberate lying", while not mentioning the fact that the Israeli bombing was triggered by the rockets fired from Gaza toward southern Israel as the Israeli media reported, despite Hamas' denial.

Thirty of rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, which is activated only against those projected to hit populated areas, whilst the majority of the projectiles fell in open areas. At least two Israelis were injured by glass shards, the medical organization Magen David Adom reported.

The BBC has been facing a backlash by the Israeli Foreign Ministry on Thursday morning over a story headline that was interpreted as "anti-Israel" and biased.

At least three Palestinians died, a pregnant woman, her one-year-old daughter and a Hamas terror, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. At least five other civilians in Gaza were also injured.

This video, taken on the night of August 8, shows the Israeli strikes on Gaza.

The attacks came after around 150 rockets were fired from Gaza into the occupied territories from late Wednesday into Thursday, the Israeli military added.

As alert sirens continued to go off in southern Israel, Hamas issued a statement saying "We are delivering on our promise".

Israeli army spokesman Lieutenan Colonel Jonathan Conricus insisted Israel only targeted Hamas military targets in Gaza.

While the health ministry said all three Palestinians were killed in Israeli air strikes, local sources have indicated that the Khamashes may have been killed by a misfired Palestinian rocket. A volley launched against the city of Sderot caused injuries to three Israelis. "Despite this, IDF activity continued throughout the day and the cabinet ordered the army to continue to act against terrorist elements in Gaza", the official said.

Israel halted the supply of petroleum and natural gas to Gaza last week in response to incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza into southern Israel. According to reports, it would be the relative of a senior Hamas commander. He said, "Hamas is moving away from an arrangement to calm things down and is moving near to a war in which it would be hit hard".

"We can say that actions led by the United Nations and Egypt are in advanced stages and we hope it could yield some good from them", Khalil Al-Hayya, deputy Hamas chief in Gaza, told Al Jazeera television.

On Wednesday, UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov condemned the Hamas rocket fire and called for both sides to step away from the brink.

It was not clear if the escalation would derail Egyptian-brokered indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas to reach a long-term ceasefire.

Hamas warned Israel it would pay for the attack, and on Wednesday the army said shots had been fired at civilian engineers working on an underground barrier along the border, prompting the military to respond with tank fire at a Hamas post.

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