IDF reinforces troops in the south

Source: IDF reinforces troops in the south – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post

“The IDF is determined to fulfill its mission of defending Israeli citizens, and is prepared and ready for a variety of scenarios, as necessary,” the army said in a statement.

BY ANNA AHRONHEIM
 NOVEMBER 13, 2018 08:42
An Israeli soldier stands next to an armoured vehicle in kibbutz Nahal Oz

The IDF has reinforced it’s Armored Corps and infantry to the Gaza Strip vicinity to beef up troops and prevent possible infiltrations into Israel border communities as close to 400 rockets were fired from the coastal enclave.

According to reports “operational decision were made” and the IDF was given the green light Monday night to continue striking targets in the Gaza Strip.

In a statement the military said it has struck over 150 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets across the Strip, including an attack tunnel and four military compounds in Gaza City, Beit Hanun, Jabaliya and Khan Yunis, as well as a Hamas launch site in Khan Yunis.

The IDF also confirmed destroying the al-Aqsa TV station affiliated with Hamas in Gaza City as well as the former al-Amal hotel that the IDF said Hamas used as an internal security office.

“The IDF is determined to fulfill its mission of defending Israeli citizens, and is prepared and ready for a variety of scenarios, as necessary,” the army said in a statement.

Israel’s security cabinet was scheduled to meet at 9 A.M. on Tuesday.

A 40 year-old man from the West Bank city of Hebron was killed late Monday night in Ashkelon after an apartment building sustained a direct hit by a rocket fired from Gaza. Two other women in the same building at the time of the impact were found by rescue services in critical condition.

He was the first casualty in the latest escalation between Israel and Hamas.

Magen David Adom rescue services said that 53 Israelis had been injured, including two in critical condition from shrapnel (an IDF soldier and a 60 year old woman), one moderately injured, 23 injured lightly from glass shrapnel, blast injuries, smoke inhalation and from running to protected areas and 27 people suffering from shock

The rocket barrages came after a deadly IDF raid in the southern Gazan city of Khan Yunis on Sunday night killed an elite IDF officer with the rank of Lt.-Col and seven Hamas militants, including the battalion commander of Khan Yunis.

The barrage began around 4.30 in the after after a Cornet anti-tank missile was fired towards a bus at the Black Arrow Memorial Site in the Sha’ar HaNegev region. A 19 year-old soldier was transferred to Soroka hospital in Beersheba in critical condition after he was hit standing near the bus.

Hamas released a video of the attack late Monday night, where the soldier was clearly seen next to the bus before it was hit and completely destroyed.

Anna Ahronheim

@AAhronheim

Another building in sustains direct hit after more incoming rocket sirens activated in southern . At least 400 rockets fired from tonight

Anna Ahronheim

@AAhronheim

releases video of Kornet anti-tank missile hitting bus critically injuring an soldier earlier today. He is seen clearly standing next to the bus when it was hit pic.twitter.com/VG9UrDmNxQ

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Hamas spokesperson Abu Obeida warned Tuesday morning that the rocket range would expand to include the cities of Beersheba and Ashdod if Israel would continue striking.

“The resistance factions’ joint command center is holding a serious conversation about expanding its range of fire. Ashkelon is just the beginning. Approximately one million Zionists will be within the range of our missiles if the Zionist enemy’s decision is to continue its aggression,” he said.

Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shehab echoed Hamas’s message, saying that the groups wanted “the occupation and its supporters know that the lives of our sons come with a price.”

According to reports senior Egyptian intelligence officials are trying to broker a ceasefire to the latest escalation which has put a damper on hopes that Israel and Hamas were close to agreeing to a long-term ceasefire mediated by Egypt and the United Nations.

 

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