Gaza Arab terrorists launched three rockets on Thursday toward the Mediterranean Sea as part of a military training exercise.
The launches were traced to the site of a former Jewish community in Gush Katif, according to the Hebrew-language HaKol HaYehudi website.
Since Israel’s 2014 counter-terror Operation Protective Edge, Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization and allied terror groups have been actively working to restore its tunnel network and other military infrastructure.
The group has also worked to replace the thousands of missiles it spent firing at Israel’s civilian population, and is currently upgrading its weaponry with new ordnance imported from Iran.
In Gaza, the Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorist groups are threatening to launch rockets at Israel in response to Monday night’s Jenin operation. As of now, a few hours after the operation began, neither have launched any rockets.
In a quick call by JewishPress.com to the IDF Spokesperson for more information, the IDF spokesperson was also surprised to learn the IDF website claimed Israel just attacked Gaza, and clarified that there was a mistake on the website, as Israel did not just attack Gaza, nor was a rocket launched last evening as the article also claimed.
It appears they accidentally republished an old article from Sunday morning.
The spokesperson thanked the JewishPress.com for bringing it to their attention and the article has since been removed.
To summarize, the IAF did not attack Gaza a few hours ago and misteaks happen.
During Operation Protective Edge, no matter where a rocket at Tel Aviv was aimed, the entire city of 400,000 people ran to shelters.
IDF Central Command is rectifying that situation by dividing Tel Aviv into 4 separate warning zones: North Tel Aviv and the Yarkon, Central Tel Aviv, South Tel Aviv and Yafo, and eastern Tel Aviv, according to a Walla report.
That way, when Hamas launches rockets at Tel Aviv, only 100,000 people will need to seek shelter, instead of 400,000.
The Tel Aviv municipality asked the IDF to further divide the city, but the IDF decided against it at this point in time.
The IDF is planning to subdivide additional cities this way in the upcoming years.
The Navy and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) intercepted a boat last January that was on its way to Gaza with materials for manufacturing rockets and mortar shells, according to military spokesmen after a gag order on the counter-terrorist operation was lifted on Wednesday.
The vessel was being used to smuggle liquid fiberglass for building weapons to be launched on Israel. The boat was sailing from off the Sinai Peninsula to a Gaza port. Israel has placed a maritime embargo on Hamas-controlled Gaza to prevent the smuggling of weapons and materials for weapons.
Security officials arrested three Arabs who confessed to planning to smuggle the liquid fiberglass for Hamas.
The three suspects were identified as Machmed Bechar, Ahmed Zaidi and Awad Zaidi.
They gave investigators detailed information on previous weapon smuggling activities and told them how Hamas intended to utilize fisherman and smugglers for future smuggling attempts.
That explains why the Navy often fires on those supposedly innocent “fishing boats” that foreign media report were manned by poor Gaza Arabs who can’t make a decent living fishing because the big bad Israeli Navy thinks fishermen are enemies.
They are enemies because they are not fishermen. They are terrorists.
The gag order on the operation was lifted when the men were indicted in a Be’er Sheva court today for involvement in crimes endangering the security of the country.
“The IDF is determined to prevent unlawful attempts to ship weapons and raw materials that may jeopardize the well being of Israelis,” said Lt. Colonel Peter Lerner, IDF Spokesman. “This shipment highlights that when Hamas chose to smuggle materials for rockets and mortars, it chose not to invest in the rehabilitation for the people of Gaza.”
The Spanish Ministry of Defense has confirmed that rockets were fired first from Lebanon, provoking Israel into a defensive attack.
“At the moment we are still looking into the causes of the event,” Andrea Tenenti, UNIFIL spokesman in Lebanon, told The Spain Report by telephone. “What I can say is that today there were rockets launched from Lebanon into Israel, and the Israeli forces began retaliatory fire. Major General Portolano (UNIFIL commander) was immediately in contact with both parties to prevent further escalation.”
Spanish Army Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, 36, was killed during the clash while on patrol for UNIFIL. The corporal, who was born in Andalusia, was married and assigned to a mechanized infantry regiment after enlisting in 2004. His unit has participated in UNIFIL in southern Lebanon since November 2014. The soldier’s position when he was killed was not released.
“We are not certain who fired the shots that killed him; that needs to be investigated,” said a spokesperson for the Spanish Ministry of Defense.
“We have troops positioned all along the Blue Line,” Tenenti added. “We are verifying the circumstances of this tragic incident.”
Spanish military sources reportedly told El Pais that it was an IDF mortar round that killed the UNIFIL soldier.