Archive for April 2023

Netanyahu orders Border Police call-up after string of deadly terror attacks, unrest 

April 8, 2023

Source: Netanyahu orders Border Police call-up after string of deadly terror attacks, unrest | The Times of Israel

Police mobilizes 4 reserves units to join 6 already operating in Jerusalem, following killing of 3 people – 2 sisters and an Italian tourist – in separate attacks in WB, Tel Aviv

Border Police stand guard outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City during clashes with Palestinians, on April 5, 2023. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered an immediate call-up on Friday of Border Police reserves officers, in a major step that likely reflects fears of a further escalation following two deadly terror attacks in a single day, and amid high tensions nationwide after a night of retaliatory airstrikes by Israel in the Gaza Strip and rare artillery fire into Lebanon.

Netanyahu announced the call-up as he huddled with security officials following the car-ramming attack at Tel Aviv’s seaside Charles Clore park on Friday evening, in which an Italian tourist was killed and seven others were wounded when a 45-year-old Arab-Israeli from Kafr Qassem ran his vehicle at high speed into a group of people walking on the promenade.

Earlier on Friday, two Israeli sisters, British nationals, were killed and their mother was critically hurt in a terror shooting attack in the West Bank. The Israel Defense Forces launched a manhunt for the gunmen and other suspects who fled the scene.

The Israel Police said in a statement that four Border Police reserves units will be mobilized starting on Sunday, following orders from the Defense Ministery and the National Security Ministry. They will join six Border Police reserve units already operating in and around Jerusalem, and in the mixed Arab-Jewish town of Lod in central Israel, as authorities increased its police preparedness ahead of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, usually a period of high tensions between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.

This year, Ramadan coincides with Passover and Easter. Passover began on Wednesday evening.

Netanyahu said he was calling up all reserve forces in Israel’s Border Police “to confront the terror attacks.”

The uptick in violence has come as tensions have spiked in recent days following Israeli police incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the Temple Mount to quell rioting; on Thursday, Hamas terrorists fired volleys of rockets at Israel from Gaza and Lebanon, authorities said. Israel, in response, launched a number of airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza and struck the group’s infrastructure in southern Lebanon where it has a presence among Palestinian refugee camps.

Israeli police and emergency service stand around a car involved in an attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Oren Ziv)

There have also been several other attacks in the West Bank, with three soldiers hurt in a car-ramming attack on Saturday, and two more soldiers hurt in separate shooting attacks on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Thursday afternoon, 34 rockets were fired from southern Lebanon into northern Israel, with 25 intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system. At least three people were injured and several buildings were damaged.

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire caused after a rocket fired from Lebanon hit near the Israeli town of Shlomi, April 6, 2023. (Fadi Amun/Flash90)

The violence has begun spilling over into Arab communities in northern Israel and in East Jerusalem, where police made a number of arrests following clashes and rioting.

On Tuesday, police said they had entered Al-Aqsa after masked youths barricaded themselves inside the mosque atop the Temple Mount with fireworks, clubs and rocks and refused to come out peacefully. Officers apparently believed the group intended to assault Jews visiting the mount on Passover Eve.

Israeli security forces remove Palestinian Muslim worshipers sitting on the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, early on April 5, 2023. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

The fighting in recent days raised fears of a wider conflagration. Similar clashes two years ago erupted into a bloody 11-day war between Israel and Hamas and saw major rioting and internecine violence in Israeli cities.

The police said the additional Border Police reserves units “will work to increase the presence and strengthen security in city centers and crowded area.”

Earlier, military chief Herzi Halevi instructed the IDF to call up an unspecified number of reservist soldiers amid heightened tensions across the region.

Halevi said in a statement after the West Bank shooting attack that the call-up would be focused on air defense units and the “air attack arrays,” meaning fighter jet pilots and attack drone operators, as well as other aircrew.

Halevi also instructed the IDF to strengthen defenses in the Central Command following the attack earlier Friday.

IDF calls up reservists as coalition MKs urge forceful response to West Bank attack

April 7, 2023

Source: IDF calls up reservists as coalition MKs urge forceful response to West Bank attack | The Times of Israel

Sisters killed, mother critically hurt in shooting, drawing heated reactions; restrictions lifted in Gaza-area towns as calm prevails there; tensions also in Lebanon, Jerusalem

  • The scene of a deadly terrorist shooting attack in the West Bank, near the settlement of Hamra, April 7, 2023. (Courtesy; Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
    The scene of a deadly terrorist shooting attack in the West Bank, near the settlement of Hamra, April 7, 2023. (Courtesy; Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
  • Streaks of light are seen as Israel's Iron Dome air defense system intercepts rockets fired by Palestinian terror groups from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on April 7, 2023. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)
    Streaks of light are seen as Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system intercepts rockets fired by Palestinian terror groups from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on April 7, 2023. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)
  • IAF jets seen on an airbase in Israel, April 7, 2023. (IDF Spokesperson's Office)
    IAF jets seen on an airbase in Israel, April 7, 2023. (IDF Spokesperson’s Office)
  • This photo released by the Lebanese Army official website, shows unfired rockets that were set to be launched to Israel, in Marjayoun town, southeast Lebanon, Friday, April 7, 2023. (Lebanese Army Website via AP)
    This photo released by the Lebanese Army official website, shows unfired rockets that were set to be launched to Israel, in Marjayoun town, southeast Lebanon, Friday, April 7, 2023. (Lebanese Army Website via AP)
  • Batteries of Israel's Iron Dome air defence system are pictured near Kiryat Shmona bordering Lebanon on April 7, 2023. - On April 6, the Israeli army said more than 30 rockets had been fired from Lebanese territory into Israel in the largest escalation on the northern border since Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34-day war in 2006. (Photo by jalaa marey / AFP)
    Batteries of Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system are pictured near Kiryat Shmona bordering Lebanon on April 7, 2023. – On April 6, the Israeli army said more than 30 rockets had been fired from Lebanese territory into Israel in the largest escalation on the northern border since Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34-day war in 2006. (Photo by jalaa marey / AFP)
  • In this aerial picture, Palestinians walk near craters on the ground after Israel launched air strikes on the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave early on April 7, 2023.(MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)
    In this aerial picture, Palestinians walk near craters on the ground after Israel launched air strikes on the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave early on April 7, 2023.(MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)
  • Fire and smoke rise following an Israeli airstrike in the central Gaza Strip, April 7, 2023. (AP /Fatima Shbair)
    Fire and smoke rise following an Israeli airstrike in the central Gaza Strip, April 7, 2023. (AP /Fatima Shbair)
  • Israel's security cabinet meets after rocket barrages from Lebanon, April 6, 2023 (Amos Ben-Gershom / GPO)
    Israel’s security cabinet meets after rocket barrages from Lebanon, April 6, 2023 (Amos Ben-Gershom / GPO)
  • A man inspects damage at his house left by a rocket following Israeli air strikes in Al Qulaylah, on the outskirts of the city of Tyre, south of the Lebanese capital Beirut on April 7, 2023. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)
    A man inspects damage at his house left by a rocket following Israeli air strikes in Al Qulaylah, on the outskirts of the city of Tyre, south of the Lebanese capital Beirut on April 7, 2023. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)
  • Palestinians inspect damage from overnight Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, Friday, April 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
    Palestinians inspect damage from overnight Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, Friday, April 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
  • Israeli soldiers patrol near Kibuttz Malkia bordering Lebanon on April 7, 2023. - On April 6, the Israeli army said more than 30 rockets had been fired from Lebanese territory into Israel in the largest escalation on the northern border since Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34-day war in 2006. (Photo by Jalaa MAREY / AFP)
    Israeli soldiers patrol near Kibuttz Malkia bordering Lebanon on April 7, 2023. – On April 6, the Israeli army said more than 30 rockets had been fired from Lebanese territory into Israel in the largest escalation on the northern border since Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34-day war in 2006. (Photo by Jalaa MAREY / AFP)

Hamas hails Jordan Valley shooting as ‘natural response’ to Al-Aqsa clashes

The Hamas terror group praises the deadly shooting in the Jordan Valley, calling it “a natural response to the occupation’s ongoing crimes against Al-Aqsa Mosque and its barbaric aggression against Lebanon and the steadfast Gaza.”

Hamas warns Israel against “continuing its crimes against Al-Aqsa Mosque,” in the statement.

Hamas says the site must remain “purely Islamic, with no place for occupation or [Israeli] sovereignty.”

Police, Shin Bet arrest six Bedouin suspects for throwing rocks at buses in Negev

A bus window broken by a rock, allegedly thrown by a resident of the southern Bedouin town of Hura, sometime in March 2023. (Israel Police and Shin Bet security service)

A bus window broken by a rock, allegedly thrown by a resident of the southern Bedouin town of Hura, sometime in March 2023. (Israel Police and Shin Bet security service)

Police and the Shin Bet security service say they arrested six people suspected of throwing rocks at buses traveling on roads in the Negev, according to a statement.

The suspects are residents of the southern Bedouin town of Hura and include five minors and a 22-year-old man. They allegedly carried out several attacks in March, intending to hurt Jews.

A police investigation reveals that some of the suspects were used as observers, while others took on the role of throwing the rocks.

The Beersheba Magistrate’s Court extended the remand of the suspects, and an indictment is set to be filed against them at the beginning of next week.

IDF chief says pilots, drone operators, air defense reservists to be called up

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi (left) at an assessment with senior commanders amid a multifront escalation, April 7, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi (left) at an assessment with senior commanders amid a multifront escalation, April 7, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

Military chief Herzi Halevi has instructed the Israel Defense Forces to call up an unspecified number of reservist soldiers amid heightened tensions across the region.

In a statement following an assessment, Halevi says the call-up will be focused on air defense units and the “air attack arrays,” meaning fighter jet pilots and attack drone operators, as well as other aircrew.

Halevi also instructs the IDF to strengthen defenses in the Central Command, following a deadly shooting attack in the West Bank.

The IDF is currently searching for the suspects who carried out the attack, which left two sisters dead and their mother critically hurt.

Right-wing politicians urge tougher anti-terror action after deadly West Bank shooting

Shlomo Ne’eman, head of the Gush Etzion regional council and of the Yesha settler umbrella group, demands harsher government action against terrorism after a deadly shooting attack in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley.

“There is an enemy here trying to establish a state in the heart of our land, this is their motivation,” he says in a statement. “This must stop. Our expectation is not from the soldiers in the field and not from commanders, but from policy-makers, to destroy the hope of the enemy.”

Likud MK Etty Atia says it’s time for “comprehensive activity in the territories.”

Fellow Likud lawmaker Keti Shitrit says the current situation is “intolerable and cannot continue,” adding: “We have a duty to restore security and take tough and effective measures in order to restore deterrence. Praying for better days.”

Likud MK Dan Illouz says: “At this time we all must stand together for the State of Israel. My heart is with the families. We will not surrender to terror. A tough response is needed against the terror.”

Elisha Yered, the spokesperson for Otzma Yehudit MK Limor Son Har-Melech, announces that he is resigning due to what he says is the government’s “weak security policy, which is costing us in blood.”

EU envoy condemns West Bank shooting: ‘Violence is never justified’

The EU’s ambassador to Israel Dimiter Tzantchev condemns the deadly West Bank shooting attack in which two sisters were killed and their mother was critically injured.

“Horrifying news of shooting attack in Jordan Valley, West Bank: two young Israeli women killed, one is critically wounded,” he tweets.

“Condolences to the families of the victims, wishes for speedy recovery to the injured. I strongly condemn the terror attack! Violence is never justified,” he writes.

Victims of attack are sisters from Efrat, mother was critically hurt, mayor confirms

The two women in their 20s killed in the Jordan Valley terror attack are sisters, and their mother is the third victim who is in critical condition, the mayor of the Efrat settlement says in a statement.

Oded Revivi says the family is from Efrat. The father was driving a separate car ahead of the rest of the family, and turned around following the attack, witnessing the medical treatment of his wife and daughters.

The Efrat Local Council is accompanying the family members in coordination with welfare officials.

Netanyahu gets updates on terror attack, will hold security assessment — office

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says the premier is being updated on the details of the deadly terror attack in the northern Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu will hold a security assessment shortly, his office adds.

Lapid, Gantz send condolences to grieving families after deadly West Bank attack

Opposition leader Yair Lapid writes today is “painful and black” following a deadly shooting in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley.

“Two young women were murdered in the Valley. Another woman is fighting for her life. The price of terror is heavy and heartbreaking,” he tweets. “I pray with all the people of Israel for the woman’s life and send warm condolences to the families who lost their loved ones today in the valley.”

Lapid expresses confidence that security forces will capture the gunmen and that terrorism “will not beat us.”

National Unity party chair Benny Gantz also sends his well-wishes to the grieving families, praying for “the full recovery of the wounded woman.”

“I have no doubt security forces will reach the vile murders and those that sent them,” he tweets.

Police chief urges licensed firearm owners to carry guns after deadly West Bank attack

Israel Police chief Kobi Shabtai speaks at a security exhibition in the South Sharon Regional Council on March 21, 2023. (Gideon Markowicz/Flash90)

Israel Police chief Kobi Shabtai speaks at a security exhibition in the South Sharon Regional Council on March 21, 2023. (Gideon Markowicz/Flash90)

Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai calls on licensed gun owners to carry them after two Israelis were killed in a shooting attack in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley and a third was critically injured.

“This is a murderous attack that reminds us how serious the threat of hostile activity is,” Shabtai says.

Shabtai also comments on recent clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, stressing the role of security forces to ensure freedom of worship as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the Jewish holiday of Passover coincide.

“The motivation to disturb the peace has risen in recent days, and is a result of unrelenting incitement,” he says. “We should continue with wise and targeted activity against anyone who disrupts the order, and on the other hand continue to allow freedom of worship for everyone and preserve channels of discourse and dialogue.”

Gallant to huddle with top security officials after deadly West Bank shooting

Israeli security chiefs meet on April 6, 2023. From left: IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, Shin Bet head Ronen Bar, mossad chief David Barnea and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (Ariel Harmoni / Defense Ministry)

Illustrative: Israeli security chiefs meet on April 6, 2023. From left: IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, Shin Bet head Ronen Bar, Mossad chief David Barnea and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (Ariel Harmoni / Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant will hold an assessment shortly with senior defense and military officials following the deadly shooting attack in the West Bank, his office says.

In the attack in the northern Jordan Valley, two women were killed and a third was critically wounded.

3rd shooting attack victim in critical condition, being taken to hospital by chopper

The third victim of the deadly shooting attack in the northern Jordan Valley is being taken to hospital in critical condition, medics say.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service says its medics are taking the 45-year-old woman by helicopter to the Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem.

Two women in their 20s were declared dead at the scene, MDA says.

IDF strikes Hamas ‘infrastructure targets’ in southern Lebanon 

April 7, 2023

Source: IDF strikes Hamas ‘infrastructure targets’ in southern Lebanon | The Times of Israel

Loud explosions heard in southern Lebanese town of Tyre; IDF says Israel will not let Palestinian terror group operate from Lebanon, holds country responsible for rocket attacks

IAF jets seen on an airbase in Israel, April 7, 2023. (IDF Spokesperson's Office)

IAF jets seen on an airbase in Israel, April 7, 2023. (IDF Spokesperson’s Office)

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Friday’s events as they unfold.

44 rockets, anti-aircraft missiles launched from Gaza overnight, says IDF

The Israel Defense Forces says 44 projectiles, including rockets and anti-aircraft missiles, were launched from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel overnight.

In a briefing with reporters, military spokesman Daniel Hagari says nine of the rockets failed to cross the border and fell short in the Palestinian enclave, 12 were fired toward the sea, 14 landed in open areas in Israel, one landed in a populated area in the southern city of Sderot, and eight were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.

Hagari says the Israeli Air Force struck over ten Hamas targets in Gaza in response to renewed rocket attacks on the south, using around 50 tons of munitions.

Regarding the IAF strikes against Hamas targets in Lebanon, Hagari says “the state of Lebanon is considered responsible for everything that happens in its territory, and even for the firing [of rockets] by Hamas Palestinian factions, we will not allow Hamas to operate from Lebanon.”

The IDF is instructing residents of cities and towns near the Gaza Strip to stay near a protective space that can quickly be reached when a siren sounds warning of incoming rockets.

Residents are instructed to stay in the protected space for 10 minutes after hearing a rocket siren, says the military

A fresh round of rocket sirens are sounding across southern Israeli cities and towns, after a brief lull.

Incoming rocket alerts are heard in Sderot, Ibim, Nir Am, Mefalsim, Gavim, Nachal Oz, and Alumim.

The military does not immediately provide further details.

Overnight, around 40 rockets were reportedly launched from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel amid Israeli airstrikes in response to earlier attacks.

A home in one of Sderot’s oldest neighborhood is found to have sustained damage in the overnight salvo from the Gaza Strip, the Sderot municipality says.

It is not immediately clear if the damage was caused by rocket shrapnel, but medics say it appears to be the cause.

A mother and her daughter who stayed in a protected room in the home were unharmed, Magen David Adom medics say.

Tensions are running high at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the flashpoint Temple Mount site, Islam’s third-holiest site, where thousands of Muslim worshippers are gathering for Friday prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, following a long night of Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip and a rare strike in Lebanon overnight.

According to reports in the Hebrew media, Palestinian worshippers at the site were calling to support the “resistance,” a reference to terror group Hamas, which rules Gaza.

Israeli security forces expect some 100,000 worshippers at the Temple Mount over the course of Friday.

Overnight, Israel struck multiple sites in the Palestinian enclave, including weapon production sites and tunnels serving Hamas, hours after a barrage of rockets from Gaza and from Lebanon on Thursday.

Israel hit “terror infrastructure” belonging to Hamas in southern Lebanon in the early hours of Friday morning. The group has a presence in southern Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps.

UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping outfit deployed along the buffer zone between Israel and Lebanon, says the Israel Defense Forces informed the force that it will begin “an artillery response” to Thursday rocket launches into Israel from Lebanon.

UNIFIL says its personnel soon heard loud explosions around the city of Tyre in southern Israel and that the head of mission and force commander, Major General Aroldo Lázaro, was speaking with authorities on both sides.

“Both sides have said they do not want a war,” UNIFIL says in a statement, warning that the “actions over the past day are dangerous and risk a serious escalation.”

The Israel Defense Forces say Israeli jets hit additional targets in the Gaza Strip amid ongoing airstrikes in the Palestinian enclave.

Fighter jets took out a shaft for an underground weapons production site, three other sites for weapons manufacturing and a terrorist tunnel, belonging to terror organization Hamas, the military says.

These attacks disrupt Hamas’s ability to “strengthen and arm itself,” the military says, adding that the terror group “bears responsibility” for recent events and “is the one that will pay the price for the security violations against the State of Israel.”

Israel has been striking Gaza overnight and launched a rare airstrike in Lebanon less than two hours ago, following a day of rocket barrages from the Palestinian enclave and from Lebanon territory on Thursday.

Nearly three dozen rockets were launched at Israel from Lebanon on Thursday afternoon, most of them intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

Rocket alerts sound in southern Israel amid airstrikes in Gaza, Lebanon

Rocket sirens are sounding in the southern Israeli towns of Sderot, Ibim and Nir Am, amid ongoing military airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

Israel has been targeting multiple sites in the Palestinian enclave and in Lebanon in response to rocket barrages from both territories on Thursday.

The military a short while ago said it struck multiple targets including “terrorist infrastructure” belonging to terror group Hamas in southern Lebanon.

“The IDF will not allow the Hamas terrorist organization to operate from within Lebanon and holds the state of Lebanon responsible for every directed fire emanating from its territory,” the military says.

IDF says Hamas behind rocket barrage from Lebanon; Israel expected to retaliate 

April 6, 2023

Source: IDF

34 rockets fired from Lebanon in worst attack since 2006; 2 hurt; PM convening cabinet; damage caused after at least 5 projectiles land in Israeli territory

Today, 3:40 pm  Firefighters work to extinguish a fire after a rocket fired from Lebanon hit the Israeli town of Shlomi, April 6, 2023.(Fadi Amun/Flash90)

  • Firefighters work to extinguish a fire after a rocket fired from Lebanon hit the Israeli town of Shlomi, April 6, 2023.(Fadi Amun/Flash90)
  • Damage caused to a bank by a rocket launched from Lebanon in the northern Israeli town of Shlomi, April 6, 2023. The branch was closed for Passover. (Fadi Amun/Flash90)
    Damage caused to a bank by a rocket launched from Lebanon in the northern Israeli town of Shlomi, April 6, 2023. The branch was closed for Passover. (Fadi Amun/Flash90)
  • Smoke following interceptions by the Iron Dome air defense system are seen after a rocket attack from Lebanon, April 6, 2023. (Fadi Amun/Flash90)
    Smoke following interceptions by the Iron Dome air defense system are seen after a rocket attack from Lebanon, April 6, 2023. (Fadi Amun/Flash90)
  • An Israeli police officer runs to remove remains of a rocket fired from Lebanon in Shlomi, northern Israel, April 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
    An Israeli police officer runs to remove remains of a rocket fired from Lebanon in Shlomi, northern Israel, April 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
  • Israeli police remove remains of a rocket fired from Lebanon in Shlomi, northern Israel, April 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
    Israeli police remove remains of a rocket fired from Lebanon in Shlomi, northern Israel, April 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
  • Israeli security at the scene where a rocket fired from Lebanon hit the northern Israeli town of Shlomi, April 6, 2023. (Fadi Amun/Flash90)
    Israeli security at the scene where a rocket fired from Lebanon hit the northern Israeli town of Shlomi, April 6, 2023. (Fadi Amun/Flash90)
  • Israeli police remove the remains of a rocket fired from Lebanon in Shlomi, northern Israel , April 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
    Israeli police remove the remains of a rocket fired from Lebanon in Shlomi, northern Israel , April 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
  • Israeli security at the scene where a rocket fired from Lebanon hit a village in northern Israel, April 6, 2023. (Ayal Margolin/Flash90)
    Israeli security at the scene where a rocket fired from Lebanon hit a village in northern Israel, April 6, 2023. (Ayal Margolin/Flash90)
  • Israeli security at the scene where a rocket fired from Lebanon hit a village in northern Israel, April 6, 2023. (Ayal Margolin/Flash90)
    Israeli security at the scene where a rocket fired from Lebanon hit a village in northern Israel, April 6, 2023. (Ayal Margolin/Flash90)
  • Firefighters work to extinguish a fire after a rocket fired from Lebanon hit the Israeli town of Shlomi, April 6, 2023.(Fadi Amun/Flash90)
    Firefighters work to extinguish a fire after a rocket fired from Lebanon hit the Israeli town of Shlomi, April 6, 2023.(Fadi Amun/Flash90)
  • A man inspects damage to a bank from a rocket fired from Lebanon in Shlomi, northern Israel, April 6, 2023. The branch was closed for Passover. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
    A man inspects damage to a bank from a rocket fired from Lebanon in Shlomi, northern Israel, April 6, 2023. The branch was closed for Passover. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The Lebanese Army says it has located several rockets prepared for launch in southern Lebanon.

In a tweet, the Lebanese Army says units located a number of rockets near the towns of Zibqin and Qlaileh.

Earlier, at least 34 rockets were launched into Israel from Lebanon, in an attack blamed on the Hamas terror group.

Military spokesman Daniel Hagari says the Gaza Strip-based Hamas terror group is behind the rocket fire from Lebanon.

In a briefing to reporters, Hagari notes the attack comes amid clashes between police and Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

Hagari says the Israel Defense Forces is looking into Iranian involvement in the attack, but says it was carried out by Hamas.

Hamas is also behind recent rocket fire from Gaza, he says.

He adds that while the IDF sees a “convergence of the arenas,” the West Bank is relatively calm, and there are no changes to Israeli policy on the Temple Mount, with Jews being unable to visit during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Ex-military intel chief: Lebanon rockets fired by Palestinian groups, not Hezbollah

The crater from an intercepted rocket fired from Lebanon that landed in Shlomi, northern Israel Thursday, April 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The crater from an intercepted rocket fired from Lebanon that landed in Shlomi, northern Israel Thursday, April 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The former head of the IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate Tamir Hayman says that Palestinian terror factions in Lebanon were responsible for the barrage of rockets at northern Israel this afternoon.

“It wasn’t Hezbollah shooting, but it’s hard to believe that Hezbollah didn’t know about it,” Hayman says.

He speculates that the reasons behind the barrage were the clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian worshippers on the Temple Mount over the past two days “as part of the broad identification that was created in the Palestinian/Arab arena for what was perceived as the ‘desecration’ of Al-Aqsa.”

Another factor that led to the rocket fire was Nasrallah’s “false and exaggerated sense of self-confidence that stems from a wrong interpretation of the recent events,” Hayman says, pointing to the failed bombing attempt in Megiddo by a suspect who infiltrated from Lebanon and the maritime deal the previous government struck with Beirut.

“Another supporting factor is the internal situation in Israel,” Hayman says, highlighting the massive public uproar over the government’s judicial overhaul effort.

“As we estimated, our enemy will not take advantage of this for a premeditated attack, but will take advantage of it if there’s a coincidence or an explosive incident like what’s been happening at the Temple Mount,” Hayman says.

Foreign Ministry in message to embassies: Israel will respond to attack from Lebanon

The Foreign Ministry is instructing its missions around the world to make clear to the international community that Israel will respond to today’s rocket barrage from Lebanon and expects countries to issue a clear condemnation of the attack against it.

More than 30 rockets from Lebanon target a broad swathe of northern Israel. Most intercepted – DEBKAfile

April 6, 2023

Source: More than 30 rockets from Lebanon target a broad swathe of northern Israel. Most intercepted – DEBKAfile

A broad barrage of rockets were launched from South Lebanon Thursday afternoon, April 5, almost across the full breadth of Galilee in northern Israel. Most were initially reported intercepted by Iron Dome batteries in place for the high terror alert declared for Passover. Two rockets exploded. on the ground. One person was slightly injured driving his car. A fire broke out in Shlomi. As the rockets came in several salvoes, inhabitants of towns and villages from Shlomi to Safed were advised to stay close to sheltered spaces until further notice and the attack is properly assessed. The beaches of Nahariya and further south were temporarily evacuated.

Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas, are known to maintain strongholds in southern Lebanon and closely collaborate with the Lebanese Shiite terrorists, Hizballah, which in turn is an Iranian proxy.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Hizballah recently established a combined operations center in Syria at Al Daaba airport in the Hizballah-ruled Al Qusayr region on the Syrian-Lebanese border, to plan concerted terrorist attacks on Israel from several fronts. The rocket barrage from Lebanon was clearly planned well in advance as part of this general offensive involving Iran that included disturbances on Temple Mount, an abortive drone attack from Syria, and three days of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Galant and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi are meeting to ponder Israel’s response.

Developing…

Gaza terrorists fire more rockets toward Israel, triggering sirens in southern towns 

April 6, 2023

Source: Gaza terrorists fire more rockets toward Israel, triggering sirens in southern towns | The Times of Israel

Military says 7 projectiles, 2 of which were shot toward the sea, exploded in the air; launches follow rocket attacks the previous night and clashes at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Illustrative: Rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, November 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a number of rockets at Israeli early Thursday morning, after projectiles were launched from the coastal enclave the previous evening and Palestinians clashed with police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The Israel Defense Forces said seven surface-to-air rockets were launched, with all of them exploding in the sky. It added that two of the rockets were fired in the direction of the Mediterranean Sea and the rest toward Israel.

The launches set off alert systems were activated in the communities of Ranen, Patish, Dorot and Havat Shikmim, with residents instructed to take cover in bomb shelters.

On Wednesday night, two rockets were fired from Gaza, one of which failed to clear the border while the other landed in an open area.

Shortly after, renewed fighting erupted at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and riots broke out along the Gaza border and several Arab Israeli communities.

The violence followed skirmishes Tuesday between police and worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, subsequent rocket fire from Gaza and Israeli counterstrikes in the Strip on Wednesday morning.

The IDF has yet to respond to the projectiles launched Wednesday night.

The unrest came amid concerns of a potential escalation during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which frequently sees a spike in Israeli-Palestinian tensions, and coincides this year with Passover and Easter. Passover began on Wednesday evening. The first two weeks of Ramadan had passed by relatively smoothly.