Israeli Rocket Sirens Sound Near Gaza Border as IDF Strikes Gaza Targets

Geraldine Edwards
May 30, 2018

Sirens sounded throughout much of the day in Israel warning of about 70 incoming rockets and shells, some intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system.

Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad militant issued a joint statement Tuesday, claiming shared responsibility for firing rockets and projectiles against Israeli communities near Gaza.

The continued rocket and mortar attacks despite the restrained Israeli military response - carefully gauged to avoid casualties in the Gaza Strip, even among the terrorist factions - have increased the chances that Israeli leaders are likely to see no option other than a comprehensive military response to end the rocket and mortar attacks on its civilian population. There was no Israeli comment on the purported cease-fire plan.

The Israeli military confirmed over 60 airstrikes throughout Gaza, including an unfinished tunnel near the southern city of Rafah that crossed under the border into Egypt and from there into Israeli territory.

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Tuesday's incidents follow the Israeli massacres of Palestinian protesters along the Gaza border that started on March 30. "Hence the Palestinian propaganda message that these were "popular" demonstrations carried out in "peaceful ways" is a false message that the Palestinians have managed to convey to many countries around the world, including Western countries".

Amid global condemnation of its use of lethal force at the mass demonstrations that began on March 30, Israel said numerous dead were militants and that the army was repelling attacks on the border fence.

Three Israeli soldiers were injured in Tuesday's barrages, two lightly and a third moderately, the army said.

"If the terror from Gaza continues, we will intensify our retaliations". Shehab said some militants rejected the cease-fire and were continuing to fire rockets. Gen. Ronen Manelis said.

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The UN Security Council is expected to meet Wednesday to discuss the attacks on Israel, following a request by the United States for an urgent meeting.

"We must prepare to occupy Gaza as a part of efforts to eliminate Hamas rule", Shaked said, according to a translation by Palestinian-Israeli news website Arab48.

After a search of the boat and those aboard, the boat was to be towed to the Israeli Navy base in Ashdod.

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On May 10, Iran attacked Israel directly by launching 32 missiles at northern Israel, triggering a massive response in Israel which destroyed more than 50 Iranian targets in Syria.

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