Israel attack: In the last 27 hours, almost 220 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel.
Israel under attack: Israel was attacked with over 200 rockets from militants in the Gaza strip on November 12, 2019. The rocket barrage came after Israel confirmed the killing of top Islamic Jihad leader, Bahaa Abu al-Ata in an air raid at his home in Gaza city.
Israel’s Defense Force tweeted on November 12 announcing that they had successfully targeted and eliminated Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, Baha Abu Al Ata. According to IDF, Al Ata had a direct hand in the hundreds of terror attacks carried out against Israeli soldiers and civilians.
In retaliation, the militants in Gaza strip rained rockets on Israel, targeting cities, busy highways, civilian homes and factories. The rocket fire forced almost a million Israelis to seek refuge in bomb shelters. All schools and workplaces in southern and central of Israel were shut.
In the last 27 hours, almost 220 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel. Israel claims to have intercepted at least 80-90 percent of the rockets using its Iron Dome technology. Dozens of red alert sirens have been sounded in several cities of southern and central Israel.
According to Israel’s Defence Force, the rockets are being fired at Israeli towns and cities after almost every 7 and a half minutes. The rockets have been fired at Israel almost continuously since 5 am on November 12.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement
The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted saying that Israel is not interested in escalation, but will do everything necessary to defend itself. He said that the retaliation requires patience and composure and the IDF must be allowed to do its work.
The Prime Minister held a security assessment meeting at the Defense Ministry, which saw in attendance IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt-Gen Aviv Kochavi, Israel’s Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, ISA Director Nadav Argaman and National Security Council Chairman Meir Ben-Shabbat and other senior security officials.
The Prime Minister strictly requested all the citizens of Israel to follow the instructions of IDF Home Front Command and not take unnecessary chances. Netanyahu reiterated saying that, “Whoever thinks that it is possible to hurt our citizens and evade our long arm – is mistaken. Whoever hurts us – we will hurt them.”