Hamas official said to warn that group will join fighting if IDF strikes persist 

Source: Hamas official said to warn that group will join fighting if IDF strikes persist | The Times of Israel

While terror group’s spokesman asserts it is working alongside Islamic Jihad and others, it’s widely reported that Gaza ruling organization has avoided firing at Israel

Palestinians gather around the remains of a house that the IDF says was used as a weapons cache controlled by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip November 13, 2019. (SAID KHATIB / AFP)

Palestinians gather around the remains of a house that the IDF says was used as a weapons cache controlled by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip November 13, 2019. (SAID KHATIB / AFP)

The Times of Israel is liveblogging the events of Wednesday, November 13, a day after Israel was hit by 200 rockets following the killing of Islamic Jihad terror chief Baha Abu al-Ata in Gaza.

Rocket sirens wail in Kibbutz Sa’ad east of Gaza Strip

Rocket sirens sound in the Israeli community of Sa’ad, east of the Gaza Strip.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Hamas official tells Fox news group will join fighting if IDF strikes continue, contradicting spokesman

Fox News quotes a Hamas official who says, “If [Israeli] airstrikes and aggression continue, Hamas and the resistance groups will have to morally respond to and protect the Palestinian people.”

The comments contradict the remarks by the terror group’s spokesman who said Hamas is already involved in the fighting.

It has been widely reported that Hamas has not been directly involved in firing rockets at Israel during the latest round of violence.

 

Mortar shell from Gaza strikes empty greenhouse in Eshkol region

A mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip strikes an empty greenhouse in the Eshkol region of southern Israel, causing damage but no injuries, an Eshkol spokesperson says.

— Judah Ari Gross

Palestinian death toll rises to 23

The bodies of two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in the southern Gaza Strip arrived at a hospital in Khan Younis, the Hamas-run Health Ministry says.

A total of 23 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been killed since early Tuesday morning, according to the ministry.

At least 12 of the 23 killed were members of terror groups.

The IDF earlier said it had taken out two Islamic Jihad members who were preparing to fire rockets at Israel.

— Adam Rasgon

Gaza rocket hits water pipe in Eshkol region, causing large leak

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip strikes a water pipe in the Eshkol region of southern Israel, causing a large leak.

“It is being handled by [the national water company] Mekorot,” an Eshkol regional spokesperson says.

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A rocket from Gaza struck a water pipe in the Eshkol region of southern Israel, causing a large leak.

“It is being handled by [the national water company] Mekorot,” an Eshkol regional spokesperson says.

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IDF aircraft takes out Islamic Jihad fighters preparing to launch rockets at Israel

An IDF aircraft bombs a group of Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives as they were preparing to fire rockets at Israel from the southern Gaza Strip, the military says.

“A hit was confirmed,” the IDF says.

— Judah Ari Gross

Rejecting reports to contrary, Hamas spokesman says its members fighting alongside Islamic Jihad

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum says that the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, is fighting alongside the Al-Quds Brigades, Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s armed wing.

“We say to the occupation: You cannot single out Islamic Jihad, and the Qassam Brigades and the Al-Quds Brigades are [standing] side by side in the fighting,” Barhoum tells the Hamas-linked Shehab.

Both Hebrew and Arabic media have widely reported that Hamas has not joined the fighting against Israel.

— with Adam Rasgon

Pro-Hezbollah channel to air interview of Islamic Jihad head this evening

The pro-Hezbollah Al-Mayadeen TV station says it will air an interview with Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ziad al-Nakhala at 10 p.m.

 

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