Israel & Hamas escalate duel – 45 air strikes over Gaza, 80 rockets vs Israel

Israeli military stepped up its bombardment of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip Saturday afternoon in an effort to erase the Hamas equation of “bomb for bomb.” The Israeli air raids sweeping from north to south hit 45 Hamas command posts, ammo dumps, tunnels, military compounds, a kite-cum-balloon workshop and a naval base, while Hamas launched 80 rockets against Israeli communities in reprisal. Iron Dome intercepted 15.  No casualties are reported on either side but the cross-border fire, described as the most sweeping in four years, has been ongoing since Friday midnight. Its continuation as the day wore on Saturday indicated that the IDF has not achieved its objective. However, armored and special forces are massed around the Gaza border ready to enter the Palestinian enclave if the situation deteriorates further. Hamas began shooting anti-tank weapons to meet this threat. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that, while both sides are trading heavy fire, both sides appear to be deliberately avoiding causing bloodshed. Israel’s air strikes are confined to unmanned Hamas sites, while Hamas rocket salvoes avoid populated areas, although they cause damage. The rules would change if Hamas turned its guns on IDF troops defending the Gaza border, staged extensive infiltrations of Palestinian terror squads, or widened its rocket targets to major towns in southern Israel such as Beersheba, Ashkelon or Ashdod. For now, the contest has not reached the level of a full-scale operation.
Meanwhile people living in the tense towns and villages around the Gaza Strip were cautioned to stay within site of shelters, stay off the beaches and avoid public gatherings, until further notice.

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Israel & Hamas escalate duel – 45 air strikes over Gaza, 80 rockets vs Israel

  • Jul 14, 2018 @ 17:10 at 17:10
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    Destroy the Gaza the way president Assad of Syria or President Putin of Russia with you don’t take prisoners level the Gaza with Napalm kill every f****** Paris the people support the terrorist what the f*** is wrong with you why don’t you cut off their electricity in water

    • Jul 14, 2018 @ 23:24 at 23:24
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      Many Iranians, Russians, Iraqis and Syrians are disgusted by the corruption in their own countries knows that Israel and America, are built on the Rule of Law and Respect for Individual Rights, and this a powerful and glaring alternative. The Russians are seeking an alternative future for Russia and are exhausted by the constant thievery, corruption, and lies of their Leadership.

      POTUS Trump telling the bold face truth and asking for Europeans and Middle Eastern Leaders to confront the same without Hidden Agendas is also changing Diplomacy. Soon Hamas will realize sending Rockets from Gaza is not a substitute to help the Gazans and Palestinians Talented People.

      • Jul 15, 2018 @ 10:40 at 10:40
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        “Soon Hamas will realize sending Rockets from Gaza is not a substitute to help the Gazans and Palestinians Talented People.”

        @GingerST001,

        It sure seems to be taking Hamas (and Islamic Jihad) an awful l-o-n-g time to come to the conclusion being suggested. It just doesn’t seem too likely that they ever will- – – – – – – – -unfortunately.

        • Jul 16, 2018 @ 18:01 at 18:01
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          The Typical Media’s again choosing to misreport what is happening on Israel-Gaza Border and only Debka sounds the alarm that more needs to be done. It starts with accurate Reporting.

          The Media is nowhere to be found, when Israeli civilians get bombed by Hamas, that’s not a story. But when Israel strikes back, suddenly it’s a story.

          Media will Post Big Headlines about Israel Counter-Strikes on “Gaza”. Yet, hides in Back Lines that Israel is retaliating are buried several paragraphs down. Then mentions of Hamas all of sudden turn sparse. Instead the focus is on “Gaza Civilians” but won’t include Hamas Terrorists?

          The Media is always interested in what happens to Gaza Civilians once Israel starts shooting. It’s not interested in what was happening to Israeli Civilians that caused the latest Israeli response nor the environmental damage to the region.

          So long as Hamas is supported by Iran and continues to attack Israel right to Exists instead of making Gaza an Economic Tourist Haven, the only options are to concentrate on removing both the Iranian Regime and Hamas Leaders of Terrorism. It is Iran and Hamas Choice and Israel will continue to Defend and when needed Respond anywhere and anytime.

    • Jul 15, 2018 @ 11:21 at 11:21
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      “- – – – – – – – – – – – is wrong with you why don’t you cut off their electricity in water”

      @Lana,

      If the Israelis did that to Gaza, the so-called “international community” would get “mad at them” !

      (Sorry for my sarcasm here, but I’m sure you get my point).

  • Jul 14, 2018 @ 18:08 at 18:08
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    Israel is in a very complicated scenario. Israeli ministers are taking this aggression as a sign from Hamas as an escalated protest rather than a war at this point. It is good that the IDF have been surgical and careful so far. It is also interesting to note that Hamas has opted not to inflicted bloodshed on the civilian population at least. Hamas is an evil. We all know it. But it is better that they haven’t deliberately targeted dense populated areas. And good that the IDF have not escalated the conflict. Even if the IDF took over Gaza and won. It wouldn’t actually be the end of all the problems for Israel, even in Gaza. Instead would be repercussions. Both internationally and regionally. Israel knows this. And although not hampered by that principle. Is still choosing to carefully tread carefully. Buy time. Be prepared. And only strike proportionately. – But Israel knows that it may have to wait for the exact time and sequence of movements/events as well as diplomatic positioning. Before a heavy hammered full blown war… Israel is trying to avoid this. And I believe Israel is seeing if it can actually cope with an enemy at its borders. Possibly hoping that the enemy may not actually cross its borders after all. But that is only optimistic thinking. But I think they are discerning this.

  • Jul 14, 2018 @ 18:35 at 18:35
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    Nice words Permalink.
    But the war will come, in hours or days.
    The Palastines and Hezbollah are determined too kill all the jews on earth.
    They do first they are peacefull, they are trying to occupy Europa with immigration.
    But the war will come, fore sure.
    Bad times are coming for freedom, economic and food.
    Beware.

    • Jul 15, 2018 @ 21:36 at 21:36
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      Meanwhile, the Iranian Robes regime have no idea how much they are Pawns as they dry up Iranian Oil, Money and Water. There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That’s one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is How does Iran arm the other eleven? While being Pawns the World’s Biggest Arms Suppliers are the U.S., U.K., Russia, France, and China. They are also the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

      When Persia New Leadership learns to recognize, accepts, and promote Israel as a Middle East Partner, Neighbor, and Friend again, all of the Middle East will flourish just like it did way back in days of King Cyrus. The Chess End Game of Check and Checkmate is great waste of Persia People’s Resources.

      After all, one would think the Persian Leaders would remember the history of chess can be traced back nearly 1500 years, although the earliest origins are uncertain. The earliest predecessor of the game probably originated in India, before the 6th century AD; a minority of historians believe the game originated in China. From India, the game spread to Persia.

  • Jul 14, 2018 @ 18:50 at 18:50
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    learn from the russians, do what the russians did in syria

    • Jul 15, 2018 @ 11:07 at 11:07
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      “learn from the russians, do what the russians did in syria”

      I don’t recall the Arab League saying anything bad about what ever the Russians do, but they seem to always have something bad to say about ANYTHING the Israelis do.

  • Jul 15, 2018 @ 1:06 at 1:06
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    The IDF deterrence and credibility is eroding by the hour – and this simply Cannot continue…

  • Jul 15, 2018 @ 3:36 at 3:36
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    Very far from a minimum of 2-3 thousands tons of bombs went over Gaza, probably the gratifications Netanyahu receives from Hamas and Iran are pretty consistent.

  • Jul 15, 2018 @ 10:54 at 10:54
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    “The IDF deterrence and credibility is eroding by the hour – and this simply Cannot continue…”

    @Yosef,

    Evolving circumstances will soon result in the IDF implementing “PLAN B” in the very near future out of necessity for Israel’s survival.
    Stay tuned.

  • Jul 15, 2018 @ 16:28 at 16:28
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    BE AWARE ISRAELIANS PALSESTIANS IRANIANS HEZBOLLAHS TRIE TO MAKE YOU TIRED OF FIGHTINGS IN ORDER YOU GIVE UP AND LEAVE YOU OWN COUNTRY.
    YOU NEEDS TO BE VERY VERY BRUTAL WITH THEM LIKE RUSSIA ARE WITH THE SYRIAN REBELS OR WERE WITH THE CHECHEN..
    YOU NEEDS TO BOMB EVERYTHNG IN GAZA AS RUSSIA DOES IN SYRIA REDUCE ALL THINGS IN RUBBLE DESTROY HOSPITALS KILLED MANY MANY CIVIALAINS AND HAMAS FIGHETERS AND SAYS THERE KILLEDS BY HAMAS AND HOSPIALS WERE DESTROYED BY HAMAS .
    THAT IS RUSSIA DOES IN SYRIA IT DESTROYS AN HOSPITAL AND IT SAY IT WAS DESTROYED BY REBELS IT USES CHEMICA GAZS ON THEIR ENEMIES WHEN ACCUSED RUSSIA REPLYS THAT IT WAS THE REBELS WHO USED CHEMICALS GAZ.
    WHEN REBELES DONT WANT TO SURRENDER RUSSIA BOMB THEM UNTIL THEY SURRENDER AND THERE IS NO PAUSE OR STOP CONTINUING BOMBIND . THIS STRATEGY WORK YOU SEE IT SYRIA . IDF CAN LEARN FROM RUSSIA . IT IS VERY DIRTY WE KNOW BUT ONLY THE VICTORY IS IMPORT . SO YOU NEED TO SUBMIT PALESTINAIN BY A LONG CAMPANAIN OF DESTRCUTION OF GAZA AND DONT PAY ATTENTION TO INTERNATIOANL COMMUNITY AS DOES RUSSIA . IT IS THE ONLY WAY FIR ISRAEL EXITS BE ACCEPTED IN THAT REGION

    • Jul 15, 2018 @ 22:34 at 22:34
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      It is easy to be brutal anytime, but it is wise to be kind all the time. Sooner or later Hamas and Hezbollah will fall from their own Waste of Hate until they change as well. Meanwhile, Israel and Israeli’s know how to Defend and Protect the Great Judaic Culture where all Men, Women, and Children of all Cultures, Religions, and Citizens have learned to Live together under The Constitution of Israel.

      For example, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, there are Israel’s 7.3 million people, 75.6% were Jews of any background. Among them, 70.3% are Sabras-Born in Israel, mostly 2nd-3rd generations, and Olim Jewish immigrants 20.5% from Europe and the Americas, with 9.2% from Asia and Africa, including the Arab countries. There are 1.413 Million Arab Citizens Residents 20% of Israel’s population, including East Jerusalem.

      Additionally, this includes Arab Muslims, Arab Christians, Bedouins, Ahmadiyya, Coptics, Druze, Syriac Christians, Arameans, Maronites, Assyrians, Samaritans, Armenians, Circassians, Russians, Ukrainians, Belorussians, Finns, Bahá’ís, Vietnamese, as well as African Hebrew Israelite’s of Jerusalem.

      Also, Naturalized Foreign Workers and their Children born in Israel, predominantly from the Philippines, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, Romania, China, Cyprus, Thailand, and South America (mainly Colombia).

      Moreover, Israel is the only country in the Middle East, where Ahmadi Muslims can openly practice their faith, which is not recognized as part of Islam by most Sunni and Shi’a denominations.

      Furthermore, 20% of Israeli Citizens are also Atheists and Live as they please, even without accepting any God whatsoever.

      Finally, this proves Israel is a Nation of Tolerance with Kindness and Freedom within the Middle East where all People, Religions, and Culture are welcomed to live under a Constitution. When all of the Middle East does the same there will be Peace, Prosperity, and Fulfillment just as Jehovah-God-Allah intended for all Descendants of Abraham including those that choose to remain Atheists. All of mankind will benefit worldwide when this eventually and perpetually happens, meanwhile Israel will be a Bastion of vigilance for all Races, Cultures, and National Origins. King Cyrus of Persia also was wise this way!

  • Jul 15, 2018 @ 18:08 at 18:08
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    russia slaugtered many people in syria what it got is the submission . israel should act like russia in syria
    bashar slaughtered many people in syria now he is winning his war!!!!

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