On Tuesday evening, Hamas test fired a rocket which landed in the Mediterranean sea.
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Hamas test fired a rocket into the Mediterranean ocean on Monday afternoon.
Since the end of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has been regularly firing short range (under 30 kilometer range) rockets into the ocean.
Two IDF soldiers were killed and seven others were wounded, most of them suffering shrapnel injuries and broken bones, in an attack on northern Israel launched Wednesday at 11:35am by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization.
A UNIFIL peacekeeper from Spain also died in the exchange of artillery fire that followed.
The multi-pronged attack on Mount Dov, Mount Hermon and the Metullah area in northern Israel involved gunfire and anti-tank missiles directed at a convoy of two IDF vehicles and two civilian vehicles traveling from Mount Dov. Both of the unarmored army jeeps were hit directly.
One of the missiles hit a home in the Druze village of Ghajar, which caught fire.
The IDF was instructed to evacuate all civilians from Mt. Hermon, according to IDF Spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner. Residents of Metulla and Kibbutz Snir were asked to stay inside on lockdown. The area of the northern Golan Heights along the border with Syria has since been declared a closed military zone. Roads to the area were closed to all civilian traffic. Route 99 was shut down by police in both directions and the airports at Rosh Pina and in Haifa were still closed on Wednesday evening.
The IDF returned artillery fire to the source of the attack, launching more than 20 shells at the southern Lebanon village of Kfar Shouba, according to military sources speaking on Army Radio. Although it appears that Hezbollah attempted to carry out a cross-border abduction raid similar to that launched in 2006 at the start of the Second Lebanon War, the effort failed and there were no kidnappings, an IDF spokesperson said.
IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz convened an emergency assessment meeting as IDF troops were sent to the north to beef up forces in the region.
The IDF searched the area for tunnels near Zarit, where residents over the past year reported hearing the sounds of tapping and perhaps “digging” underneath their homes.
For obvious reasons, the IDF and IAF are on the highest alert status. Government leaders told media at 3 pm that the situation appeared to have “calmed” for the present time but that there is “not yet a feeling of having returned to a normal routine.”
This was the most serious security incident to take place in northern Israel since the Hezbollah rocket attack and kidnapping of two IDF soldiers that led to the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
Three Israeli air strikes late Tuesday night on Syrian army bases in Quneitra, Damascus and surrounds were a warning to Beirut, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said early Wednesday.
The attacks came in response to a double rocket attack on the Israeli Golan Heights fired by Lebanese Hezbollah terrorists from Syrian territory on Tuesday afternoon. One of the rockets, which were later identified as M307s, landed in the Herman region. The other exploded in El Ram.
The IDF responded immediately with artillery fire directed at the source of the rocket launches and reported that it had destroyed both. IDF Spokesperson Peter Lerner informed media in a text message that the Syrian missile fire had indeed been “intentional” and “not spillover from the Syrian civil war” as has been claimed in past incidents.
“The air force strike tonight on territory controlled by [President Bashar] al-Assad in Syria against targets of his regime is a clear message that we will not allow any fire on the territory of Israel and breach of its sovereignty, and that we will respond with force and firmness,” Ya’alon said.
“As the Assad regime is responsible for the fire from its territory on Israel, we will know how to collect a heavy price from any regime or organization from whose territory our sovereignty is breached and fire of this or another type is conducted on Israel.
“We don’t intend to just move on and be tolerant towards terrorist activities and attempts to harm our citizens and soldiers,” Ya’alon continued. “We act with restraint and firmness, with responsibility and consideration to preserve the security of citizens of Israel against countries and terrorist sources whose goal is to disrupt our lives.”
Shortly after midnight, Israeli residents of the Golan Heights awakened to the sound of the Code Red incoming rocket alert siren again, just 12 hours after the first attack earlier in the day. No rocket landings were identified, however, and officials later concluded that perhaps the siren had activated in response to the nearby IAF air strikes instead.
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing that Washington had seen the news of Tuesday’s attack on Israel and did not want “an escalation of the situation.” “We support Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense and have been clear about our concerns over the regional instability caused by the crisis in Syria,” she told reporters.
“We call upon all parties to avoid any action that would jeopardize the long-held ceasefire between Israel and Syria and abide by the 1974 disengagement of forces agreement,” she added.
The escalation in the region follows the death of six Hezbollah terrorists – including three top commanders – and six Iranian Revolutionary Guards – including Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi – in an air strike on a convoy traveling through Quneitra province in Syria a week ago Sunday. The attack has been attributed to Israel although there has been no confirmation by the IDF.
Following the attack, the Islamic Republic of Iran sent a message to the United States “through diplomatic channels,” warning that Israel should suffer the consequences of its “wrongful act of aggression.”
But despite avowals of taking revenge against the Jewish State, Iran’s proxy in the region, Hezbollah, has made it clear through various means that the terror group does not seek another full-scale war.
Since the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah has lived underground in permanent hiding, speaking to his followers solely through video hookups, out of fear he will be assassinated by Israel.
A rocket launched on Monday evening from Gaza landed in Gaza.
The explosion was heard in Kibbutz Be’eri, which is close to where the rocket fell short.
Iron Dome did not go off.
The early warning Code Red siren sounded shortly before noon Friday in the area of Netiv Asara and Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, sending residents to bomb shelters.
The “rocket” apparently was rifle fire from Gaza.
Residents also have reported they have heard sounds of tunnels being built underground.
Hamas terrorists Monday afternoon again fired a rocket that fell short of Israel and exploded in the Mediterranean Sea.
At least three similar incidents occurred last week, and military officials publicly have dismissed the rocket launches as nothing more than military exercises.
That explanation ignores the question, “Why is Hamas launching rockets during a cease-fire and when ‘indirect’ talks are taking place between Hamas and Israel, mediated by Egypt?
There are several possibilities.
More wishful thinking than anything else, Hamas is trying to fire on its own population and then blame Israel.
Tying for the least likely probability is that Hamas simply is losing its touch and is out of practice since the end, so far, of the war. Perhaps its terrorists have forgotten that Israel is north, and not west, of Gaza.
That theory presumes that Hamas is trying to attack Israel, which might be true only in the future, after a cease-fire is solidly established, but it is unlikely that Hamas would aim for Israel now and risk instant retaliation what would cause further deterioration in its foreign and domestic relations that still have not gone the way of missiles intercepted by the Iron Dome..
The estimation that Hamas is carrying out military exercises makes sense if Hamas is trying out a new kind of rocket or if terrorists are bored making rockets and need to stay busy to justify their salaries.
Or perhaps, just perhaps, Hamas is serving notice on Israel that it cannot forget about any efforts to dis-arm the terrorist organization.