The Israeli army says it has launched at least one counterattack against the blockaded Palestinian enclave
Several rockets were launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to the Israel Defense Forces, which shared footage of the ongoing attack just hours after US President Joe Biden left.
The IDF commented on the rocket fire in the early hours of Saturday, saying one projectile was intercepted by Israeli air defenses, while another landed in an open area and caused no injuries or damage
“This is the moment when innocent Israelis had to run for refuge immediately when terrorists in Gaza fired 2 rockets at them,” the army said while posting a video of the incoming rockets.
RAW IMAGE: This is the moment innocent Israelis had to run for refuge immediately when terrorists in Gaza fired 2 rockets at them. The IDF air defense network intercepted 1 of the rockets, saving the lives of civilians below. pic.twitter.com/1XANHbEpAo
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) July 15, 2022
No group immediately took responsibility for the attack, although the IDF attributed the rocket fire to Hamas, the political party and militant group that rules Gaza.
The army later said he was targeting a Hamas “military site with an underground workshop for the production of rocket equipment” in retaliation, the appellant “one of the most important and largest sites” of its kind in the region.
“The attack on the site will significantly complicate the process of producing rockets in the Gaza Strip, with the aim of undermining the intensification capabilities of the terrorist organization Hamas,” he added. he added.
Palestinian journalist Muhammad Smiry shared footage of the Israeli counterattack, while Gaza-based activist and journalist Maha Hussaini said “I haven’t heard such heavy airstrikes since Israel’s attack on Gaza in May 2021,” referring to the latest major flare-up between Israel and Palestinian fighters.
Biden traveled to Israel this week for his first presidential visit to the Middle East, leaving the country just hours before the rockets started flying. During the trip, he met with high-level Israeli and Palestinian officials, focusing much of the talks on security issues.
Hamas strongly criticized the visit – which did not stop in Gaza, an enclave under heavy blockade by the Israeli government – calling on the United States “a partner in the aggression against our people” while condemning Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for his meeting with Biden.
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