After the targeted killing of a leader of radical Islamists in Gaza, a rocket hail hit Israeli locations. The Islamic Jihad speaks of a "declaration of war". The escalation raises international concern.
After Israel's targeted killing of an Islamist leader in the Gaza Strip threatens a new escalation of the Middle East conflict. Militant Palestinians responded to the deaths of Baha Abu Al Ata and his wife with massive rocket attacks on Israeli locations. According to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, more than 150 rockets were fired.
60 missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system. Further targeted air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip killed two jihad members who reportedly wanted to fire rockets at Israel. In Tel Aviv the sirens howled several times, explosions could be heard.
Increased alert in Israel
Israel's new Defense Minister Naftali Bennett responded with the announcement of increased alert. For all communities within 80 kilometers of the Gaza Strip, he declared a 48-hour "special situation," Israeli media reported. This also applies to Jerusalem. Bennett described it as "very likely that civilians will be attacked."
Rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit Israeli media reports directly in homes in Netivot and Kerem Shalom in southern Israel and on a busy highway south of Tel Aviv. According to the rescue service Magen David Adom, about 40 Israelis suffered injuries during rocket attacks.
In Israel, schools and offices were closed from the south to the center. The train traffic near the Gaza Strip was partially stopped according to media reports. According to the army, the army increasingly transferred troops to the border area. The two border crossings from Israel to the Gaza Strip remained closed until further notice.
International fear of new Gaza war
The escalation fueled fears of a new Gaza war and sparked international concern. According to media reports, Egypt and the United Nations are working intensively behind the scenes to calm the situation.
The European Union called for an immediate end to the rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and a rapid reassurance of the situation to protect the lives of Israelis and Palestinians. The Federal Government expressed extreme concern and condemned the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip in the strongest terms. "There is no justification for violence against innocent civilians," said the Foreign Ministry. "We urge you to exercise maximum restraint and stop the violence." The Kremlin also called "restraint parties" to restraint.
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