- The new outbreak of violence has brought the death toll on the Gaza Strip to 115, of which at least 31 are children. Over 620 are the injured. The Israeli victims are 7.
- On the night between Thursday and Friday, the Israeli army entered the Gaza Strip. Shortly after midnight, Israel launched a massive air and ground attack on the Gaza Strip.
- Violence intensifies in mixed villages made up of Jews and Arabs. A synagogue was set on fire in Lod, a city in central Israel.
- More than 1,800 rockets have been launched from Gaza in the direction of Israeli cities since the hostilities between Hamas and Israel began.
Hostilities between Israel and Hamas reached very high tensions overnight: shortly after midnight the Israeli army launched a massive attack with air and ground forces against the Gaza Strip. This is the hardest bombing since the 2014 Operation Protective Edge. For two hours, Israeli planes, artillery and tanks attacked about 150 targets in the northern and eastern parts of the Strip. “I said we would make Hamas pay a very high price. We do this and we will continue to do so with great intensity. The last word has not been said, and this operation will continue for as long as necessary, ”wrote the Israeli premier Benyamin Netanyahu in a message posted on Twitter. The army’s announcement of the start of ground operations, accompanied by new raids, was later denied. Troops and tanks with the Star of David are ready to enter the Strip at any time.
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07.30 – Death toll in Gaza: 115 dead in Gaza – The death toll of the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip has risen to 115 deaths, including 31 minors and 11 women, according to the budget of the Ministry of Health, quoted by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. More than 600 injured. More than 160 fighters bombed 150 Hamas targets in northern Gaza overnight, the Israeli army said, adding that night bombings targeted the underground infrastructure of the Islamic resistance movement.
07.00 – Rocket sirens sound in Israeli communities near Gaza – Missile warning sirens have sounded – according to The Times of Israel – in Israeli communities near the border with Gaza. Early morning alarms warned the population of the new alarm after a night of rocket fire from Gaza that injured three people with one shot in Ashkelo.
01.20 – Gaza Ministry of Health: “109 people died in the attacks” – According to data provided by the Hamas-run Ministry of Health in Gaza, 109 people have died since Monday in the attacks of the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces), of which 27 were children and young people while 11 were women. There are also 621 wounded in the clashes.
00.30 – Hamas: “150 air raids on Gaza in a few minutes” – According to Hamas, Israeli forces conducted over 150 air strikes on Gaza within minutes. Meanwhile, the death toll of the offensive in Gaza has been updated by the health authorities: 109 dead, 28 of whom are children.
The facts of the last few hours
The Israeli army announced that it had bombed the operational headquarters of Samer Abu Daka, head of the Hamas drone campaign. Already bombed in the 2014 conflict, the apartment served military purposes, the army says. A Hamas intelligence command center also hit. The army explained that the facility served as the main command for the Hamas surveillance network, but the spokesman for the armed forces did not specify how many members of the Islamist organization were killed.
The prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Hamas it will pay a high price for missile launches against the Israeli population and that “the operation will continue for as long as necessary”. “We will act with all our strength against the enemies outside and against the outlaws inside to restore calm in the State of Israel,” said the premier. Who also spoke of the other front, that of riots in Israeli cities: “We support the police and the rest of the security forces one hundred percent to restore law and order to the cities of Israel. We will not tolerate anarchy ”.
Hamas has used “only a small part of its military capabilities” against Israel, and if the Jewish state “intensifies its attacks, we will do the same and we have many other surprises in store”, said the spokesman for the Hamas military wing. Abu Ubaida. Ubaida, whose statements were quoted by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, praised the “firmness” of Palestinian society which in “all its parts and in all areas” is engaged in the current campaign, alluding to the unrest and clashes in Jerusalem and West Bank.
Violence intensifies in mixed villages made up of Jews and Arabs. A synagogue was set on fire in Lod, a city in central Israel. More people – Jews, Arabs and police – have been injured in the clashes in which riots are raging. A state of emergency is in force in the mixed Arab-Jewish city after the violence of recent days. Violence also in Haifa where three young Arabs, daughters of the spokesman of the Catholic ordinaries in the holy land, Wadie Abunassar, were attacked yesterday by Jewish extremists. So far there have been 374 arrests for clashes and riots, fomented by far-right militants and Palestinian militants.
The death toll
More than 100 Palestinian victims have been reported in Israeli bomb attacks. An entire family, including four children and a pregnant mother, was killed in an Israeli bombing in the Sheikh Zayed area of northern Gaza, which left at least 11 dead and 50 injured, according to the Palestinian agency Wafa. A woman and her three children were killed in an Israeli airstrike, the bodies recovered in the northern part of Gaza. These deaths bring the official death toll to 115, including at least 31 children. The Israeli victims are 7.
Over 1,800 rockets launched since the conflict began
More than 1,800 rockets have been launched from Gaza in the direction of Israeli cities since the hostilities between Hamas and Israel began. According to the military spokesman, about 90 percent of those headed to inhabited areas were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. On Wednesday morning the same armed forces had explained that from Monday at 6 pm – the start of hostilities with the launch of six missiles on Jerusalem – a thousand rockets had been launched from Gaza.