Friday, August 28, 2020

Overnight Violence At Gaza Border - Hamas: 'We Will Exact A Heavy Price'

Hamas: ‘We will exact a heavy price from anyone who lays siege to Gaza’

The Hamas terror group warned on Friday morning that it would exact a “heavy price” from anyone who threatened the Gaza Strip, after overnight violence saw a volley of rockets launched toward southern Israel and two rounds of airstrikes on the enclave.
“Whoever lays siege to our people will pay a heavy price in their security and stability,” said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, according to Channel 12 news.
“We will not hesitate in our national mission and in our commitment to our people.” Barhoum said, adding that Hamas was committed to “protecting the people from all aggression and fighting the occupation if there is an escalation and the siege continues.”

Three fires were sparked in southern Israel on Friday, apparently caused by balloon-borne incendiary devices launched from the Gaza Strip.
Israel Defense Forces conducted a second round of airstrikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday morning after terrorists in the enclave fired six rockets at southern Israel overnight, the military said.
The rockets appeared to strike open fields, causing neither injury nor damage. There were no immediate reports of Palestinian casualties.
The early morning rocket attack, which triggered sirens in communities near the Strip, came after the military’s initial bombing raid against Hamas facilities in Gaza in response to the balloon-borne incendiary and explosive devices launched across the border into Israel throughout Thursday.
According to the IDF, the six rockets were fired shortly after 5 a.m., triggering sirens in the communities of Nahal Oz and Alumim, east of the northern Gaza Strip, sending hundreds of residents rushing to bomb shelters.
In response, the military said its warplanes and other aircraft bombed Hamas sites in the Palestinian enclave, including a weapons manufacturing facility. Palestinian media reported that the target was located near Gaza City.

Throughout the day on Thursday, Palestinian terrorists in the Strip launched dozens of balloons carrying arson devices and small explosives across the border, causing at least 26 fires in southern Israel, according to the fire department.
Shortly before 4:30 a.m., the IDF retaliated to these airborne attacks with strikes on Hamas targets.
The IDF said warplanes, tanks and other aircraft carried out Friday morning’s first round of airstrikes, hitting Hamas underground infrastructure and observation posts.
This latest exchange in the south came amid weeks of mounting tensions between Israel and terrorist organizations in the Strip, notably Hamas, which rules Gaza.
Palestinians in the Strip have in recent weeks sent waves of arson balloons across the border, sparking scores of wildfires in southern Israel, launched rockets across the border, and held violent protests along the security fence.
Israel, in retaliation, has carried out near-nightly airstrikes against Hamas targets, limited imports to the Strip, and restricted its fishing zone.
On Thursday, Hamas reportedly said that efforts to reach a ceasefire with Israel had failed, warning Israel of “messages” to be sent within hours.
A source in the group was quoted by Lebanese Hezbollah-affiliated TV al-Mayadeen as saying Qatari envoy Mohammed al-Emadi had left the territory after two days in which he brought cash to the Strip and tried to broker a ceasefire amid weeks of mutual attacks.
The source said the failure to reach a deal was due to Israel’s insistence on the equation of “calm in return for calm,” rather than “calm in return for an end to the blockade” of the Strip.

Gaza terror groups won’t let Israel “use the pretext of the balloons to bomb posts in the Strip,” the source was quoted as saying.
He added that “the coming hours will see messages to the Israeli occupation from the youth groups in the field.”

He said “the occupation should read these messages before things roll and slide into something broader than that.”

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