Gaza terrorists disrupt funeral of 5-year-old victim of rocket attack

IDF said to target homes of senior Hamas commanders as communities in south continue to be bombarded; Shin Bet calls Jewish-Arab violence ‘terror for all intents and purposes’

  • Flames and smoke are seen after an Israeli airstrike on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, May 13, 2021. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
    Flames and smoke are seen after an Israeli airstrike on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, May 13, 2021. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
  • A man inspects damage caused to a building in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon, after it was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip, May 14, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
    A man inspects damage caused to a building in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon, after it was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip, May 14, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
  • Smoke rises following Israeli missile strikes on Gaza City, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
    Smoke rises following Israeli missile strikes on Gaza City, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • An IDF artillery unit near the Israel-Gaza border in southern Israel, May 13, 2021. (Gili Yaari /Flash90)
    An IDF artillery unit near the Israel-Gaza border in southern Israel, May 13, 2021. (Gili Yaari /Flash90)
  • Rockets (R) are seen in the night sky fired towards Israel from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on May 14, 2021, while Iron Dome interceptors rise to meet them. (Photo by ANAS BABA / AFP)
    Rockets (R) are seen in the night sky fired towards Israel from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on May 14, 2021, while Iron Dome interceptors rise to meet them. (Photo by ANAS BABA / AFP)
  • Paramedics observe a fire in Ramle, May 13, 2021. (United Hatzalah)
    Paramedics observe a fire in Ramle, May 13, 2021. (United Hatzalah)
  • A home in Ashkelon damaged by rocket fire, which left a caregiver dead and an elderly woman badly injured, Tuesday May 12, 2021 (Lazar Berman. Times of Israel)
    A home in Ashkelon damaged by rocket fire, which left a caregiver dead and an elderly woman badly injured, Tuesday May 12, 2021 (Lazar Berman. Times of Israel)
  • Palestinians check the damage caused after a 15-floor building was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, May 13, 2021. (Atia Mohammed/Flash90)
    Palestinians check the damage caused after a 15-floor building was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, May 13, 2021. (Atia Mohammed/Flash90)

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Friday’s events as they unfold. For a recap of Thursday’s events, click here.

One lightly injured after rocket falls nearby in Beersheba

During the last rocket barrage fired by terror groups in Gaza toward the city of Beersheba, one rocket struck near the Route 40 highway.

One person was lightly wounded, according to medics. Police say part of the highway near Goral Junction has been closed as officers secure the scene.

Fresh rocket sirens sound in Beersheba and surrounding towns

Fresh rockets sirens have been set off in Beersheba and the surrounding towns, sending thousands of Israelis into bomb shelters.

WATCH: Dozens of Lebanese rioters break through border fence, briefly cross into Israel

Lebanese protesters demonstrate along their border with Israel on May 14, 2021. (Scren capture/Twitter)

Lebanese protesters demonstrate along their border with Israel on May 14, 2021. (Scren capture/Twitter)

The IDF says its tanks fired warning shots toward a number of rioters who crossed from Lebanon into Israeli territory.

The suspects sabotaged the border fence and set a fire in the area before returning to Lebanese territory, the military says.

There are no reports of injuries.

While the IDF speaks of “a number” of protesters, footage from the scene shows dozens crossing into Israel. A handful of the protesters were waving Hezbollah flags.

The incident took place near the Israeli town of Metula.

Gaza terrorists disrupt funeral of 5-year-old victim of rocket attack

As a funeral is held in Kiryat Gat for Ido Avigal — a 5-year-old from Sderot killed Wednesday in a rocket attack — Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fire projectiles at the southern city, forcing mourners to take cover.

The sirens sounded as Ido’s father, Asaf Avigal, finishes a eulogy in which he apologized for not having protected his son, who was killed by shrapnel that pierced through the window of the fortified room where he was sheltering with his mother and sister, both of whom were injured.

Ido Avigal, who was killed in his home in Sderot by a rocket fired from Gaza, May 12, 2021. (Twitter)

The Kan public broadcaster says the timing of the rocket fire was clearly aimed at disrupting the funeral, as Kiryat Gat has not been frequently targeted during the current round of fighting in Gaza, which erupted Monday when the Strip’s Hamas rulers fired rockets at Jerusalem.

Cops arrest 3 suspects after overnight violence in Lod

Police announce the arrests of three suspects over last night’s violence in the Jewish-Arab city of Lod, which the cops say included live fire at officers and the burning of buildings — including synagogues.

“The investigation is continuing,” a police statement says.

More rocket sirens ring out in southern Israeli communities

Rocket sirens sound in numerous communities in southern Israel, including Kiryat Malachi, which the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group earlier claimed to target.

Calling to ‘redeem’ Al-Aqsa, hundreds of Jordanians run toward border with Israel

Hundreds of Jordanians run toward the border with Israel, breaking through a police checkpoint on the Jordanian side, local Jordanian media report.

“With spirit and blood, we shall redeem you, O Aqsa!” the crowd chants, referring to the mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Large numbers of Jordanian security forces appear to be present on the scene.

Thousands of Jordanians also rally in the capital Amman after Friday prayers in protest of Israeli actions in Jerusalem and the current fighting between Israel and the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers.

IDF said to target Gaza homes of senior Hamas commanders

Israeli aircraft target the Gaza Strip homes of high-ranking Hamas commanders, including the deputy commander of the group’s armed wing, according to Arabic-language media reports.

“Israeli warplanes bombed the homes of the deputy commander of the Al-Qassam Brigades, Marwan Issa, and commander, Ayman Nofal, in the Al-Bureij refugee camp in Gaza City,” Qatar-based Al Araby TV reports.

It is not immediately clear if Issa or Nofal were killed in the strikes.

Gantz urges Facebook, TikTok executives to crack down on social media incitement

Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks with executives from Facebook and TikTok, urging them to take a more proactive to removing content that incites violence and terrorism.

“These are measures that will directly prevent the violence that is being intentionally stirred through social media by extremist elements that are seeking to do damage to our country. We are in a moment of social emergency, and we expect your assistance,” Gantz, who is also justice minister, is quoted saying in a statement from his office.

The statement says the executives of the social media firms vowed to “quickly and effectively” address incitement and that they also “relayed their condolences to the Israeli families that have lost loved ones” in the rocket attacks by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza.

Meretz MK walks out of TV studio for hosting extremist lawmaker accused of fueling violence

Left-wing Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg walks out of the Channel 12 news studio for hosting extremist MK Itamar Ben Gvir, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing religious bloc who the police chief has blamed for the “internal intifada” in Jewish-Arab cities.

Yesh Atid MK Karin Elharrar says she would also leave the studio but there is no wheelchair ramp.

Hamas claims responsibility for latest rocket volley

The military wing of the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group claims responsibility for the latest rocket barrage fired at Israel.

The Al-Qassam Brigades say they targeted the southern city of Kiryat Malachi. However, the most northern location that sirens sounded was Kiryat Gat, some 10 kilometers northeast of Kiryat Malachi.

Defense minister meets with IDF chief, other security officials on Gaza fighting

Defense Minister Benny Gantz holds a situational assessment with IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi and other top security officials “after last night’s attacks and ahead of the continuation of the campaign” in Gaza, his office says.

In this handout photo from his office, Defense Minister Benny Gantz (C), IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi (R) hold an assessment on the ongoing fighting between Israel and Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip, May 14, 2021. (Elad Malka)
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One Comment on “Gaza terrorists disrupt funeral of 5-year-old victim of rocket attack”

  1. Kavan Says:

    There are many aspects to this large scale Islamic terrorism and Jihadism.

    Now, it’s clear that the moral bankruptcy of the so called free and civilized world has been stripteased beyond reasonable doubt.

    It is impossible that these Jihadists have acquired WMD and sophisticated hardware and military intelligence without the help of not only old-school state terrorists like mullahs but more importantly western entities especially deep state Islamo-leftists who have boldly emerged from the DC swamp to advance their evil agendas overtly.

    God bless Israel, the last and the only standing force fighting the evil.


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