The Israeli army (IDF) has hit an underground target belonging to the terrorist group Hamas which controls Gaza. It happened after Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, last night fired a rocket at Israel, writes the newspaper Times of Israel.
The rocket, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system, was fired just hours after the IDF announced that it had uncovered an offensive tunnel running from Gaza into Israeli territory – read the MIFF article on this.
– IDF fighter jets and attack helicopters have attacked underground infrastructure belonging to the terrorist group Hamas in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The attack came in response to the rocket attack on Israel earlier this evening, the IDF said in a statement.
According to the Hamas-affiliated website al-Resalah, the attacks were aimed at the cities of Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
No terrorist groups in Gaza have claimed responsibility for the rocket attack which triggered sirens in several Israeli communities in Otef Aza (communities close to Gaza) and many thousands of Israeli children, women and men were again allowed to run into shelters.
A video clip from a security camera went viral on social media – where you can see how the Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepts the rocket – splinters from the rocket can still cause major human damage.
The Israeli army (IDF) announced on October 20 that it has uncovered an attack tunnel in the Gaza Strip that ran into Israeli territory, the Times of Israel writes – click to see video clips of attack tunnel coverage.
According to the IDF, the attack tunnel was uncovered by sensors in Israel’s new security barrier, which the IDF is just finishing. IDF engineers uncovered the concrete-covered attack tunnel that ran from the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza. Read MIFF’s article on Israel’s new security barrier here.
– The tunnel was located as part of the IDF’s efforts to find and neutralize attack tunnels – we uncovered the attack tunnel thanks to technology and [intelligence] gathering information via sensors in the security barrier, stated the IDF in a statement.
Read MIFF’s article on the IDF’s coverage of the attack tunnel on 20 October 2020 here.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said: – Even on days when there seems to be silence in southern Israel, underground terrorist groups continue their plans to attack Israeli citizens and Israeli sovereignty. The discovery of the attack tunnel is a testament to the IDF’s intelligence and technological capabilities, which will continue to act against threats and undermine terrorist groups at the time and place we find right..
The discovery of the attack tunnel comes at a time of rising tensions and threats from the Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip who will retaliate if a starving Palestinian security prisoner dies in Israeli custody. Maher al-Akhras has been on hunger strike for 86 days, suspected by Israel of being a Palestinian Islamic Jihad operator.
On Friday night, at least one rocket was fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip and hit an open area – fortunately the rocket did not cause human or material damage. The IDF did not retaliate against the rocket attack immediately, but a defense official stated that the attack would be retaliated against. It was the first rocket attack since October 5 – Israeli planes subsequently attacked one of the terrorist group Hamas’ military installations in the Gaza Strip. Since Israel withdrew completely from the Gaza Strip in 2005 and the terrorist group Hamas took control of the strip in 2007, thousands of rockets have been fired at southern Israel. The attacks are often not mentioned in the Danish media. Read MIFF’s articles on the rocket attacks on Israel here.
On September 15, Israel was attacked by 15 rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. One of the rockets hit the city of Ashdod and injured two people – one seriously, read MIFF’s article about the attack here. Most rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system. On the same day, Israel signed the Abrahamic Agreements with the Emirates and Bahrain in Washington – read MIFF’s articles on the Abrahamic Agreements here.
Last week, Israeli Channel 12 (N-12) reported that Israel and Hamas had entered into another ceasefire mediated by Qatar, the ceasefire will ensure tranquility in the area for six months. As part of the agreement, Qatar will transfer 100 million. dollars to Hamas in an agreement coordinated with Doha by Mossad chief Yossi Cohen along with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), according to the report. Read MIFF’s article; Ronen Itsik: – Trump’s plan could change Hamas equation.
Mohammad al-Emadi, Qatar’s envoy to Gaza, has regularly visited Gaza in recent years with Israeli approval and brought funds to the Gaza Strip to buy fuel, pay wages to officials and aid to the poor of Gaza. The latest round of funds was set to expire within a few weeks, Channel 12 reported.