IDF attacks Hamas targets in Gaza



IDF tanks targeted a number of Hamas military posts in the Gaza Strip overnight Saturday.

The attack was in response for several launches that were identified from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory earlier.

Earlier, five rockets were fired by terrorists from Gaza into Israel. The rockets exploded in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council.

There were no injuries or damages. A siren was activated in the area and residents reported hearing explosions.

Earlier on Saturday night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke about the new Israel-Hamas agreement expected to be signed within the coming days.

In a video published on his Facebook page, Netanyahu said, “Now, after Shabbat, I told our forces to remain in place. We don’t know if this calm will continue, and we are ready for every development.

“This is how we manage things: We use force when necessary, and we avoid, if possible, unnecessary wars,” he added.

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IDF fires at Hamas military post in northern Gaza

An IDF tank on Friday evening attacked a Hamas military post in the northern Gaza Strip, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed.

The attack was in response to explosive devices that had been thrown by terrorists at the security fence along the Gaza border during the evening.

Earlier, some 200 terrorists opened fire at the border fence in northern Gaza and also fired a number of shots at Israeli forces.

About 500 explosives and grenades were thrown towards the fence and the Israeli troops. There were no casualties among the IDF soldiers.

The violence along the Gaza border was the latest in the weekly riots, dubbed the “March of the Return”, which have going on every Friday since March 30, 2018.

Gazan terrorists are planning additional riots on Saturday, as they mark the one-year anniversary of the “March of the Return” protests as well as Land Day.

Earlier, the head of the Coordination and Liaison Administration in Gaza, Colonel Iyad Sarhan, directly addressed the residents of Gaza and called on them to distance themselves from the elements and acts of terror.

The violent riots continued on Friday despite earlier reports that Israel and Hamas, with Egyptian mediation, had reached preliminary agreements on restoring calm along the Gaza border.

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‘The time for restraint has ended’

Maj. Gen. (Res.) Uzi Dayan, the former deputy chief of staff and now one of the Likud party’s candidates for the Knesset, said that the leaders of the Blue and White party are the last ones who should be criticizing the government’s response to the rocket fire from Gaza.

“There have been arguments in the past about whether to overthrow the Hamas government or not. [Former Defense Minister Moshe] Ya’alon said that we should not do it but fight and not topple it because it would strengthen the PA. Our competitors, the party of the former chiefs of staff say that we should have responded, but exactly where will you all? After all, you were in these places and did not say this and did not present plans to overthrow Hamas, but you were always preaching caution and said ‘the political echelon should tell us what to do,'” Dayan told Arutz Sheva.

Dayan is convinced that Israeli citizens know who can be relied on in such complex situations, “It’s easy to say, ‘Now you need to do this and you need another,’ the question is who you trust in the current situation.” There is one party – that of the chiefs of staff – and there is our party, which is the people’s party. In the end the people will have their say.”

“Hamas is trying to interfere in the elections, but the leadership of the Jewish State will be chosen by our people. They will have to decide who is more reliant in such a situation which is a complex situation with security and social security implications. The question of who you trust, which leadership and which prime minister you trust in such a situation, and I think the answer in this case is clear.

“Hamas is also doing this to embarrass the government, and to say ‘we are here,’ but mainly because it is a terrorist organization. Now the question is how to deal with such a challenge two weeks before elections. In my opinion, we must strike a severe blow to high-rise buildings in which the families of the Hamas leadership live. We should renew the targeted assassinations and destroy infrastructure even if it harms the general public, because they are the ones who chose Hamas to lead them.

“We have to implement an embargo, including on electricity and water. The shooting will continue even though we are on the eve of the elections, and even though the people who claim the crown will blame us. In such a situation we have to go all the way to bring down the Hamas regime, through the combination of the destruction and elimination of Hamas leadership and its expulsion outside the territory of Gaza.

“We’ve held ourselves back for far too long. The main reason for our restraint is that [such an operation] would involve casualties. Until Israeli public opinion says ‘enough,’ it is difficult for the government to embark on an operation that involves casualties. The Hamas regime can also be overthrown in a long program lasting several years. If there is no deterrence and there is a threat to our very existence, there is no alternative but to strike a very hard blow. And if Hamas continues to fire rockets, we must enter Gaza and take more severe measures,” he said.

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IDF attacks Hamas targets in Gaza

IDF attacks weapons manufacturing site belonging to Hamas in Khan Yunis.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said on Tuesday evening that IDF warplanes attacked a number of terrorist targets in the southern Gaza Strip, including a military compound and a weapons manufacturing site belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in Khan Yunis.

The attack was carried out in retaliation for the launching of a rocket from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, the firing of explosive balloons and the torching of the camouflaged netting of a military post on Tuesday.

“The Hamas terrorist organization bears responsibility for everything happening inside and outside of the Gaza Strip,” said the IDF Spokesperson.

“The IDF is determined to carry out the task of defending the citizens of Israel and is prepared for various scenarios.”

After the Israeli airstrike, sirens were sounded in the Ashkelon industrial zone. The IDF said one rocket was launched toward the area and intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

Earlier on Tuesday evening, sirens were sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel. The rocket exploded in an open area near one of the local communities.

According to the IDF, “Following reports of a siren in the Eshkol Regional Council, one launch was identified from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.”

The siren was sounded only 15 minutes after the IDF issued an official announcement of a return to a normal routine and the lifting of all restrictions imposed on the residents of the Gaza envelope and Netivot, Ofakim, Ashkelon, Merhavim, Hof Ashkelon and Bnei Shimon.

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IDF bombs Gaza sites, including Haniyeh’s office, after rocket hits Israeli home

The Israeli military said it bombed dozens of targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Monday evening, including the office of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, in response to a rocket fired from the coastal enclave that slammed into a home in central Israel, injuring seven people.

The Israeli Defense Forces began its hours-long bombing campaign shortly after 5:30 p.m., some 12 hours after the initial attack — the farthest reaching rocket strike since the 2014 Gaza war.

Approximately three hours into its bombing campaign, terror groups in the Gaza Strip began launching dozens of mortar shells and rockets at southern Israel, triggering air raid sirens throughout the region, the IDF said.

No injuries were reported. Light damage was caused to a home in the southern town of Sderot.

At least three Palestinians were wounded in the Israeli strikes, according to the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

Israeli fighter jets targeted a building used as an office by Haniyeh in the upscale Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City, the military said. The Hamas leader was not in the building at the time, having fled for shelter on Monday morning following the early morning rocket attack on central Israel.

Photographs of the scene showed a large fireball coming from the building, which the IDF said had also been bombed in the 2012 conflict known as Operation Pillar of Defense.

According to Palestinian media, the IDF used the so-called “knock on the roof” technique, in which a non-explosive round is fired at a building to scare off those inside before the real attack.

The Israeli military identified another of its targets in Gaza as a “secret headquarters” of Hamas used by its intelligence services and located in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City.

“Fighter jets just now attacked a three-story building in the area of Sabra in the Gaza Strip. This is a secret headquarters of the Hamas terror group, which is used by the internal security, central intelligence and military intelligence branches of the group,” the IDF said in a statement.

Palestinian media said the building, which was leveled in the Israeli attack, belonged to the al-Multazem insurance company.

The Israeli military later released footage of the strike, showing a missile striking the building and triggering a large explosion. A hole in the top of the structure indicated that the air force had also used the “knock on the roof” technique on the building.

“This is a central asset of the Hamas terror group, which is being attacked along with other strikes the IDF is conducting now in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said.

The military said it was also targeting a five-story building in Rimal that was used by the Hamas terror group’s internal security service.

The IDF also bombed targets in Rimal connected to Hamas’s internal security service last August and November in response to rocket and mortar attacks.

Israel began its retaliatory strikes around the same time as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met US President Donald Trump in Washington. In comments from the White House, Netanyahu said, “Israel is responding forcefully to this wanton aggression.”

The raids began soon after an Egyptian military intelligence delegation left the Strip, where its attempts to broker a ceasefire reportedly failed.

In addition to the three high profile targets, the IDF said it bombed dozens of other Hamas military sites.

“In the attack, military bases, the entrances to tunnels used for weapons smuggling, observation posts and rocket launchpads were bombed,” the IDF said.

The targets were located in Khan Younis, Deir el-Balah, Rafah, Gaza City, al-Shati and Beit Hanoun.

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Israel says it struck 100 targets in Gaza after two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM – The Israeli military said that it struck more than 100 targets in Gaza overnight Friday after two rockets were fired toward Tel Aviv, escalating tension less than a month before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces reelection.

Residents reported hearing explosions, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The military said neither rocket was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome military defense system, though warning systems had operated as required.

The Israeli military said they believed Hamas was responsible. Israeli media reported that their initial assessment was that the group launched the rockets by mistake.

One rocket probably fell into the sea, Tel Aviv’s mayor, Ron Huldai, told Israeli television. He said he had instructed the city to open all bomb shelters, but life appeared to be returning to normal shortly after the incident.

While rocket launches from Gaza are not unusual, it was the first time in more than four years that they have targeted the major city of Tel Aviv. Israel and Hamas fought a 50-day conflict in the summer of 2014.

Netanyahu called an emergency meeting with top security officials, after which Israel mounted its response.

In the early hours of Friday morning the Israeli military said it was targeting “terror sites” in the Gaza Strip, striking around 100 military sites belonging to Hamas, including the main site used to manufacture standard grade rockets.

Seven more rocket launches followed, six of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

The escalation on Thursday followed a day of unrest in Gaza, where Hamas, the militant group that controls the Palestinian enclave, had forcibly put down demonstrations against deteriorating living conditions. Some analysts speculated that Hamas might have been trying to cause a distraction.

Others pointed the finger at Islamic Jihad, the second largest militant organization in Gaza, saying the group may have been trying to disrupt efforts by Egypt to broker a truce between Hamas and Israel. An Egyptian delegation had arrived in Gaza on Thursday evening.

No group immediately claimed responsibility. Islamic Jihad denied that it was behind the attack. Hamas also denied responsibility, pointing out the attack took place at the same time the group’s leaders were meeting with Egyptian officials to discuss the cease-fire. It said it would find the perpetrators and called off its weekly Friday demonstration at the fence with Israel.

Netanyahu last year was criticized by members of his own government coalition for being soft on Hamas by agreeing to a cease-fire with that group after a spate of rocket attacks from Gaza toward communities in southern Israel. His political opponents have also criticized Netanyahu’s decision to allow Qatar to deliver $15 million a month into Gaza to pay salaries of Hamas civil servants.

Yaakov Amidror, a retired major general and former national security adviser, said he believed Netanyahu was “experienced and sober enough” that electoral pressure would not be a factor in determining his response. “There is no real argument in the Jewish community about the need to react,” he said on a conference call with journalists.

Israel normally holds Hamas responsible for any violence emanating from Gaza, regardless of which group perpetrated the attack.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, reacted on Twitter, saying, “Hamas violently suppresses its own people demonstrating against Hamas’ rule & failures today and NOW fires rockets at cities in Israel. OUTRAGEOUS!”

Hamas Launches More Rockets Into Israel, Israel Fighter Jets Return Fire on Terror Targets

JERUSALEM/GAZA–Hamas terrorists launched a rocket at Israel on Saturday night and four more before daybreak on Sunday triggering blaring sirens as thousands of Israelis ran to bomb shelters in southern Israel.

The rocket attacks drew retaliatory strikes by Israeli fighter jets on a number of Hamas positions in Gaza, all only a few days after the area’s most intense fighting since the 2014 war. Earlier this week on May 29, a barrage of over 100 mortar shells and rockets was fired toward several locations in Southern Israel. One Hamas mortar hit an Israeli kindergarten. A resulting ceasefire came into effect Wednesday morning.

In the latest launch–the first violation of the May 30 ceasefire–at least four projectiles were fired at southern Israel from Hamas sites in Gaza, the Israeli military said in a statement, adding that three were intercepted and one fell short.

Rocket alerts sounded in Israeli towns and villages near the border after dark, sending residents rushing to shelters. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

Residents in Gaza said Israeli aircraft struck at least three sites belonging to Hamas, the Islamic terrorist group which controls the enclave.

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GE Israel team plays key role in new CT scanner

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a new technology that makes CT scans easier and faster and reduces radiation doses by up to 82 percent has finally arrived at an Israeli hospital.

 

This new scan, called Revolution CT, created by GE Healthcare and its engineering team based out of Haifa, was installed for the first time in Israel at Sheba Medical Center, near Tel Aviv.

 

A CT (Computed Tomography) scan is a non-invasive way to check organs, soft tissues, vascular structures and bones using X-rays that create high-resolution images, allowing physicians to look inside the human body. A rotating X-ray source scans the patient’s body as it is moved through the instrument.

Revolution CT, which is equipped with GE’s next generation of low-dose technology, reduces radiation by up to 82 percent but allows the same image quality. The scanner is 50 percent quieter than previous generation CTs, and the device is more spacious for patients. The wide coverage of the scanner allows healthcare providers to scan full organs such as brains, hearts, livers and pancreas in less than a second, reducing the time patients need to hold their breath, GE said in an emailed statement.

Due to its speed, patients may not be required to take medication to slow their heart rate for a diagnostic cardiac exam. Also, the pace of this new technology will allow gathering information about function as well as anatomy in a single exam.

Israeli GE Healthcare engineering team played a key role in the development of Revolution CT. The team created the device and developed the software that collects the data generated during a CT scan and converts it into a clinical image that the physician can read.

CT Revolution has already been already commercialized all around the world, but this is the first time that the machine will be used in Israel.

Teen terrorist hailed as hero by Toronto children at the Palestine House

The Toronto-based Palestine House has recently celebrated the 14th birthday of the Palestinian child terrorist Ahmed Manasrah and called for his immediate release from the Israeli jail.

The event was held on Friday, January 19, at the Palestine House offices in Mississauga, Ontario with the attendance of Chairman of the Palestine House, Fadlo Mechael, the Vice Chairman, Nazih Khataba, other board members, parents and children.

A birthday cake was baked in honour of Ahmad Manasrah and decorated with the following message written on it: “Happy Birthday. Freedom. Ahmad Manasrah, 13 years old boy, shot and caged by Israel.”

Children are seen holding colourful balloons and posters that read in Arabic: “Palestine House Canada [flags of Palestine and Canada], Free Ahmad Manasrah, Solidarity campaign with the child prisoner.”

A little girl greeted Manasrah on his birthday by reading the following message in French and English:

“Hi everyone, I’m Maryam Muhanad. We are Canadians Palestinians children came today to celebrate the 14th birth of Palestinian prisoner hero Ahamd Manasrah. We ask all the nations in the world for freedom to Ahmad Manasrah. Free, Free Ahmad Manasrah. Free, Free Ahmad Manasrah.” To watch the video clickhere. To see more pictures of the event click here.

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