Israel Retaliates Against Targets In Gaza Following Rocket Attacks—War With Hamas Continues to Escalate

The newest attacks on each side of the battle could prove to inch both Israel and Hamas even that much closer to all-out war.

source: The Atlantic

On Monday evening, reports indicated that Gaza militants had launched as many as ten rockets.  This latest barrage was reported to have been in retaliation for Israeli forces strikes on key targets, including that of the offices of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. 

The rocket barrage, emanating from Gaza, was said to hit primarily small towns on the Israeli border, including one house in the town of Sderot.  No one was reported to have been injured in that particular attack.

Amid the most recent rocket fire, sirens could be heard wailing in the southern Israeli region.

As for Israel’s strikes, they are a mounted response to an attack earlier Monday, emanating from the Palestinian territory.  With the anticipated new round of battle that is expected to come with the Islamic militant group, Israel has bolstered their rocket defense systems and troops in preparation.

Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the stern and strong statement that "Israel will not tolerate this.  I will not tolerate this."  The statement was made during a meeting with President Trump at the White House.   He went on to say "Israel is responding forcefully to this wanton aggression.  We will do whatever we must do to defend our people and defend our state."

Israel and Hamas are not new to wars.  They have been fighting over the Gaza strip for years.  Gaza is a tiny, yet densely populated strip of land that borders Israel, the Mediterranean Sea, and Egypt.  Measuring 25 miles in length, and 6 miles wide, Gaza is home to 1.9 million Palestinians.  In 1967, during the Six-Day War, Israel occupied both Gaza and the West Bank.

According to a Palestinian media report, the IDF used their so-called "knock on the roof" technique for their latest attacks.  This is where a non-explosive bomb is fired at the building, which was designed to give the occupants time to evacuate, before the actual attack.

The Israeli military released footage of the actual attack, which showed a missile hitting a building, which then triggered a more massive explosion.  A hole that can be seen on the top of the building showed where the "knock on the roof" technique was used in that attack as well.

The military also released the statement that they were targeting a five-story building in Rimal, which as believed to house the terror group Hamas internal security service.

So, what’s the verdict—you decide.

Will these recent attacks between Hamas and Israel take them one step closer to all-out war?