Monday, December 11, 2017

11-Dec-17: Another Gazan rocket attack this evening

Times of Israel says there has been another Gazan rocket attack on southern Israel this evening (Monday). "At least one rocket", it reports, resulting in Israel Defense Forces "retaliatory fire".
A short while ago, projectiles were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel,” the military said in a statement... An impact of the Gazan missile was not identified, the army said, but reports indicated the missile landed in an open area near the border fence in the Eshkol region, opposite the southern Strip. No alert sirens sounded in the Gaza border region. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Israel responded by targeting Hamas posts in southern Gaza with tank fire and an air strike, the army said. “The IDF hold Hamas responsible for these aggressive acts originating from the Gaza Strip.” Palestinian media reported that Hamas positions in Khan Younis were hit by the Israeli fire... Tensions have been rising since Wednesday, when US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Hamas on Thursday had called for a new intifada against Israel... ["IDF hits Hamas posts after missile fired from Gaza", Times of Israel , December 11, 2017]
Because it is so close to the rocket-rich, terrorism-addicted Gaza Strip, Israel's Eshkol region has
been the target of thousands of rocket attacks since 2000. Despite Iron Dome coverage in the region, usage of the system is generally limited to populated areas and allows other rockets to land in open areas. As a result, there has been widespread damage to farms, vehicles and various outlying structures. During the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, farmers reported massive damages to their crops due to rockets landing in open fields. On 26 August 2014 a mortar shell fired from Gaza was reported to have killed one person and seriously wounded two others... [Wikipedia]
Other than via Israeli news channels, tonight's rocket attack - as is often the case - gets no coverage from any news media anywhere as of 8:15 pm Monday night.

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