Thursday, August 9, 2018

Live Jerusalem Post: Israel Updates - Security Cabinet Instructs IDF To Continue Acting Forcefully In Gaza

Live: Security cabinet instructs IDF to continue acting forcefully in Gaza

The United States is watching developments in Gaza closely and believes the situation is very concerning but said Israel has a right to defend itself, the State Department said on Thursday.

"It's a very concerning situation that has taken place in Gaza," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said at a news briefing. "Overall, we condemn the launching of missile attacks into Israel and call for an end to the destructive violence."

Israeli aircraft struck more than 150 targets in Gaza on Wednesday night and early Thursday, and Palestinian militants fired scores of rockets, including a long-range missile, deep into Israel, escalating fighting despite talks on a truce to avert an all-out conflict.

[21:51] Security cabinet instructs IDF to continue acting forcefully in Gaza
Israel's security cabinet instructed the IDF to continue to act with force after its meeting at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv on Thursday evening.

"The cabinet has instructed the IDF to continue to act with force against perpetrators of terror," a brief cabinet statement said.

[21:44] Authorities say two rockets fell near Gaza border communities
Two rockets fired from Gaza shortly after 9 p.m. landed in open areas in the Sha'ar HaNegev region, municipal authorities said.

One of the rockets caused a fire, with emergency fire services on their way to extinguish it.
[21:35] Summary of today's Gaza-Israel escalation
The Jerusalem Post's military correspondent Anna Ahronheim has summarized another day of violence at the Israel-Gaza border.

You can read it HERE.

[21:12] Sirens sound in Gaza border communities
Further rocket sirens sounded in Israeli communities in the Eshkol Regional Council near the Gaza border on Thursday evening.
[20:15] IDF confirms striking Hamas internal security forces' office building
The IDF confirmed striking a five story building in the Gaza Strip which served as an office building for the internal security forces of Hamas in the Rimal neighborhood of the northern Gaza Strip.
The unit is the executive branch of the political leadership of Hamas and manages all internal security activities in the Gaza Strip.

According to the IDF some members of the Internal Security Unit are also active in the group’s military wing.
The attack was carried out in response to the launching of a rocket by Hamas towards Beersheba “as expression of the IDF's intelligence and operational capabilities, which will deepen and intensify as necessary,” the military said

[19:45] Israeli envoy to UN Danon calls on Security Council to condemn Hamas
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon called on the UN Secretary-General and Security Council members to condemn Hamas's rocket fire on Israeli towns.

"Sirens again burst the hopes of children near the Gaza border for a quiet summer vacation - no country would stand for such a situation. The international community must condemn Hamas and hold the organization responsible for this incomparable terror attack," said Danon.

"Israel will continue to use all necessary tools to prevent harm to its citizens and defend its sovereignty."

[19:28] Palestinian report: 18 wounded in Israeli airstrike
Eighteen Palestinians were reportedly wounded in the Israeli airstrike on a multi-story building in the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening, Palestinian sources said.

Pictures from the scene showed Palestinians gathering around the building, which was entirely destroyed by the Israeli airstrike.

[19:06] Photo: Aftermath of Israeli airstrike in Gaza City

Palestinians gather around a building after it was bombed by an Israeli aircraft, in Gaza City August 9, 2018 (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

[18:34] Security Cabinet meeting underway
An emergency meeting of the Security Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is currently underway at the IDF and Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv.
[18:28] Sirens sound in Gaza border communities
Rocket sirens were activated in multiple Gaza border communities on Thursday evening.

Sirens were heard in Nir Oz, Nirim, Kissufim and Ein HaShlosha.

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