Tensions Spiral as Gaza Terrorists Shower Israel With Rockets, IDF Strikes Back

Rockets headed toward Israel from Gaza (Screenshot via AP)

Rockets headed toward Israel from Gaza (Screenshot via AP)

05-11-2021 CBN News Jerusalem Emily Jones

JERUSALEM, Israel – The Israeli military is bolstering its forces and calling up to 5,000 reservists to its border with the Gaza Strip as the country continues to face hundreds of rockets fired from the coastal enclave.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said more than 300 rockets were fired at Israel, including a rare rocket attack on Jerusalem Monday evening. The attack on Jerusalem set off air raid sirens throughout the holy city for the first time since Israel’s war with Gaza in 2014.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Hamas terror group of crossing a “red line” with its attack on Jerusalem.Related

Rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, Monday, May. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Palestinians run away from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City Monday, May 10, 202. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

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“We will not tolerate attacks on our territory, on our capital, on our citizens and on our soldiers. Whoever attacks us will pay a heavy price,” he said. 

The Israeli Airforce carried out retaliatory strikes across the Gaza Strip, targeting what it said were Hamas positions in the territory. 

An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip is seen early Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

The IDF said it had attacked a Hamas tunnel, rocket launchers, and at least eight militants. The fighting killed 25 people, including nine children, in Gaza.

At least 13 of the 25 deaths in Gaza were attributed to the airstrikes. However, it is unclear if an explosion in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, which killed three children, was caused by an Israeli airstrike or an errant rocket.

The IDF said army chief Aviv Kohavi ordered the military to continue its strikes on rocket production facilities in Gaza and said “all headquarters should prepare for a wider conflict, which has no time limit.”

The rocket attacks from Gaza and retaliatory Israeli airstrikes continued Tuesday morning.

At least one building in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon suffered a direct hit. Six people were injured in the strike.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1391951814388502528&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww1.cbn.com%2Fcbnnews%2Fisrael%2F2021%2Fmay%2Ftensions-spiral-as-gaza-terrorists-shower-israel-with-rockets-idf-strikes-back&sessionId=14cf52975b3c052021f3cb4e9d038052f186c28a&siteScreenName=CBNNews&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

Hamas said the assault on Ashkelon was in response to an Israeli strike on a civilian apartment bloc near Gaza city. The terror group threatened to “turn Ashkelon into hell” if the IDF continues to target civilians.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-1&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1391948655632977934&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww1.cbn.com%2Fcbnnews%2Fisrael%2F2021%2Fmay%2Ftensions-spiral-as-gaza-terrorists-shower-israel-with-rockets-idf-strikes-back&sessionId=14cf52975b3c052021f3cb4e9d038052f186c28a&siteScreenName=CBNNews&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

So far, at least 31 Israelis have been hurt during the rocket attacks. 

Meanwhile, violent unrest continued for another night in Israel. An Arab Israeli man was shot and killed and two others wounded during a demonstration early Tuesday in the central city of Lod.

Reports say the victims were part of a mob hurling fire-bombs and stones at Jewish homes. Lod is a mixed Arab-Jewish city.

Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the shooting. Ha’aretz quoted witnesses who said the men were shot by a Jewish resident of the city.

“The Arab mob tried to storm our neighborhood,” Lod resident Meir Liush told Ha’aretz. “It took police a long time to arrive. Residents were forced to shoot in the air, but it did not deter them until they shot at them and wounded two of them.”

The violent protest was one of several large demonstrations in Arab communities against what they deem to be Israeli aggression against the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount compound. 

Clashes between Israeli Police and Palestinians rioting at the holy site wounded hundreds on Monday.

Netanyahu warned that Israel’s conflict with Gaza “could continue for some time.”

The Biden administration on Monday strongly condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas, saying “they need to stop immediately.”

“All sides need to de-escalate, reduce tensions, take practical steps to calm things down,” Secretary of State Antony Bliken said. 

The IDF spokesman told Army Radio on Tuesday that the military has not ruled out a ground operation. 

“We have a foot on the gas [pedal],” IDF spokesman Hidai Zilberman said. 

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