In the midst of an ongoing terror war with Palestinian knives, guns, and more, terrorists in Gaza reintroduced rockets into the mix on Friday by launching four at Israeli territory. Israel responded measure for measure to the attack, targeting four Hamas sites in Gaza, according to an IDF press release. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu then reiterated their position on Gaza rockets in a statement on Sunday—stop it or else.
“Our policy regarding the Gaza Strip is clear. Israel will not accept rocket fire of any kind from the strip at its territory,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office. “The IDF will respond to any such provocation. Israel holds Hamas responsible for all firing carried out from the Gaza Strip toward Israel; Hamas must prevent such firing.”
The Gaza rockets hit open areas in Israeli buy ardin valium territory, triggering sirens in nearby civilian areas. Despite the lack of human casualties in the attack, the impact of such terror incidents has taken its toll on the southern Israeli cities in the region where the threat can lead to emotional and psychological trauma similar to that experienced by soldiers in battle.
The four rockets on Friday represent a surge in attacks in 2016, more than doubling all the Gaza rockets fired for the year until that time. Over the last 15 years, thousands of rockets have been launched from Gaza.
Regarding the latest round, IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner was quoted in the IDF press release as saying, “Today’s rocket attack is just one example of extremist incessant efforts to threaten the security and safety of the people of southern Israel. The IDF will continue to act to protect against those who threaten innocent lives and Israel’s sovereignty.”
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, March 13, 2016)