IDF strikes Islamic Jihad targets as rocket count climbs to 250

Source: IDF strikes Islamic Jihad targets as rocket count climbs to 250 | The Times of Israel

Palestinian health ministry updates death toll from Israeli retaliatory attacks to 16, with most of them being terror group’s members

Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on November 13, 2019. (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)

Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on November 13, 2019. (MAHMUD HAMS / 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.

Gaza health ministry: Death toll climbs to 18 after 2 more Palestinians killed in IDF strike

Two more Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike on Gaza City, says an official in the Hamas-run Health Ministry.

Eighteen  Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli fire since early Tuesday when Israel killed Baha Abu al-Ata, a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, in a targeted strike, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry.

— Adam Rasgon

 

No injuries caused directly by rocket barrage from Gaza, MDA says

The Magen David Adom ambulance service says no injuries caused directly by rocket attacks have been reported from the recent barrages fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.

However, one woman is lightly injured after she fell while running to a bomb shelter in the Eshkol region of southern Israel, MDA says.

Sirens sound in Sderot and nearby towns as rocket fire from Gaza persists

Incoming rocket sirens sound in the town of Sderot and nearby communities outside the Gaza Strip.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Netanyahu: Islamic Jihad starting to understand who they’re messing with

“We are continuing to hit Islamic Jihad after eliminating its senior commander in the Strip,” Netanyahu says during a special cabinet meeting. “He was responsible for most of the terror attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip in the last year and he was planning to carry out more attacks in the very next days.”

“It would be better for Islamic Jihad to understand that now, I believe the message is starting to get through,” the premier adds. “They understand we will continue hitting them with no mercy. We are determined to fight and protect ourselves. If they thought the barrages or hits would weaken us they are wrong. They have one option.

“It could take time,” he cautions, calling on Israelis to remain vigilant. “We see that those who obey the Home Front commands have a very high chance of not being harmed. The orders are clear. I ask that you continue heeding them.”

Rockets missed populated areas in Eshkol

The Eshkol region of southern Israel says that none of the rockets fired in a recent barrage from the Gaza Strip landed inside populated areas.

“There are no impacts inside communities. There are no injuries and no damage,” the regional spokeswoman says.

— Judah Ari Gross

Islamic Jihad and another terror group take credit for 20 rockets fired at Israel this morning

In a joint statement, the Al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s military wing, and the Mujahedeen Brigades, another armed group in Gaza, take credit for firing 20 Grad rockets at Sderot and Ashkelon.

 Adam Rasgon

Rocket sirens sound in Eshkol region of southern Israel

Rocket sirens sound in the Eshkol region of southern Israel.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The alarms are heard in the communities of Mivtahim, Amioz, Yesha, Tzohar, Ohad, Talmei Eliyahu and Sde Nitzan.

— Judah Ari Gross

IDF confirms airstrike on Islamic Jihad rocket firing squad, which Palestinians say killed 4

The Israel Defense Forces confirms conducting an airstrike on a group of Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives in the northern Gaza Strip.

The military says the men were preparing to fire rockets at Israel.

“A hit was confirmed,” the army says.

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry says four Palestinians were killed in the strike, bringing the death toll in the Strip to 16.

— Judah Ari Gross

Rocket sirens in Sha’ar Hanegev, Eshkol regions following brief lull

Rocket alarms sound in the Sha’ar Hanegev and Eshkol region of southern Israel, following a brief lull.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The sirens are heard in the communities of Nahal Oz and Kissufim.

— Judah Ari Gross

Palestinian death count in Gaza rises to 15

The bodies of three Palestinians arrived at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, the Hamas-run Health Ministry reports.

Fifteen Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli fire since early Tuesday when Israel killed Baha Abu al-Ata, a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, in a targeted strike, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry.

At least 10 of those killed were members of terror groups.

— Adam Rasgon

 

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