Rocket attacks by the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas on Israel have claimed the first deaths. Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to step back: “We are in the middle of a struggle.”
Violence between Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East will escalate dramatically on Tuesday evening. The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas is said to have fired 130 rockets at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Rocket alarm triggered in the city. Several explosions were heard in the city center.
Hamas said the rocket attacks were in response to an Israeli airstrike that had previously destroyed a skyscraper in Gaza. AFP news agency reports that a building in the center of Gaza City, which houses several Hamas offices, has completely collapsed.
Eyewitnesses said Tuesday evening that residents in the building had been warned of an attack by Israeli forces and asked to leave the house.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in the afternoon that he would intensify attacks on the Gaza Strip. Hamas, which controls the coastal region in the Mediterranean, said after a conference with the military, Netanyahu said in his office on Tuesday that it would receive “unprecedented blows”. “We’re in the middle of a fight.” Israel has attacked hundreds of Hamas and Islamic jihad targets in the Gaza Strip since Monday. Meanwhile, the campaign got its own name: “Guardian of the Walls”.
480 rockets were fired at Israel
Palestinian militants carry out their rocket attacks in the Gaza Strip Israel That expanded north on Tuesday. By evening, a total of more than 480 rockets had been fired at Israel from the Palestinian territories. Of these, about 200 were detained and 150 failed to leave, the Israeli military announced Tuesday evening.
At least 30 Israelis were wounded in southern Israel and two women by rocket Gaza Strip Killed. Two women, aged 65 and 40, died in the coastal city of Ashkelon on Tuesday, according to Israeli rescue service Megan David Adom. A spokesman blamed the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
According to military spokesman Jonathan Conrigs, so far 20 members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, including top officials, have been killed in Israeli counter-attacks. In addition, more than 150 devices for launching missiles were attacked. According to Conrigus, many of them were parked in public residential areas. So even if the military tries very hard the civilians cannot exclude the victims. The health ministry in Gaza said 28 people had been killed, including children, on Tuesday.
Hamas threatens “hell”
The army said warning sirens sounded in the port city of Ashdod on Tuesday afternoon. The city is located north of Ashkelon on the Mediterranean coast, formerly heavily shelled. Something radical Islamic Hamas Threatened to cause a “hell” in Ashkelon.
According to police, there were at least six casualties in Ashkelon and two in Ashdod. According to media reports, a school in Ashkelon was attacked, but no classes were held. Al-Qassam Brigades, the ruling Hamas militant group in the Gaza Strip, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Deaths on the Palestinian side as well
Rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip Jerusalem The alarm was triggered. Fierce clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians resumed Monday in the east of the city, injuring more than 500 people.
Scene from Ashkelon, Israel: A woman and a young man flee during a rocket alarm. (Source: Aamir Cohen / Reuters)
Riots in East Jerusalem
Attacks and counter-attacks began on Monday and, within hours, escalated into the biggest fighting since 2019. Earlier in the day, riots broke out between Palestinians and Israeli security forces at the al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem. The radical Islamist Hamas eventually, among others, demanded that they withdraw and fired the first rockets after the deadline expired.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the Jewish Temple Mount in the old city of Jerusalem and the Muslims call it the Noble Sanctuary. On Sundays and Mondays, the Israelites celebrated what is known as Jerusalem Day, commemorating the 1967 capture of East Jerusalem. This year it coincided with the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Tensions have been heightened by plans to evacuate the homes of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. The land on which they live is claimed by Jewish settlers.
The rivalry between Hamas and Fatah from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could also play a role. Hamas called its rocket attack the “Sword of Jerusalem” and thereby demanded the status of defender of the Palestinians living there. Abbas, on the other hand, sees himself as a representative of all citizens.
Hamas rules the Gaza Strip, Fatah the West Bank. Abbas recently postponed the parliamentary elections scheduled for May 22, in which experts say Hamas may have won. This is the first such vote in 15 years. The July presidential election was also canceled. Abbas, 85, has been in office since 2005.