On Monday night, there were signs that the fighting between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip was coming to an end. According to reports, there were new rocket attacks against Israel despite previous reports of a ceasefire.
At least 50 rockets were fired at Gaza from Israel on Monday. In all, more than 90 rockets have been fired since Sunday. At the same time, the Israeli defense responded to the rocket attacks by bombing a number of Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli defense chief comments on the situation as follows:
-It is unclear whether the conflict is nearing an end, whether it has reached its peak, whether it will escalate or die out, said IDF chief Aviv Kochavi, according to the Times of Israel.
He thinks the situation is very fragile and could escalate into a major conflict.
-I do not think we have reached that point yet, but a large number of operations and even wars have started like this in the last 20 years – with an escalation that has developed into something much bigger, he continues.
Schools and kindergartens in the areas near the Gaza Strip were closed on Monday. Due to the tense situation in southern Israel, they will also be closed on Tuesday. On Monday, a rocket exploded on the playground of a kindergarten in Sderot.
The last round of conflict began on Sunday when Israeli soldiers shot and killed a terrorist who mounted a bomb on the border fence against Israel. Later in the day, more than 30 rockets were fired at Israel. The Israeli defense responded by bombing Islamic Jihad targets in both Syria and the Gaza Strip.
There are no reports of Israelis being directly hit by the rockets, but several have been treated for shock. The Iron-Dome missile defense fired about 90% of the missiles on their way to populated areas.