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Quick Facts About the Major Outbreak of Violence Between Israel and Gaza Over the Last 24 Hours

Aug 9, 2018 | AIJAC

(photo credit: JACK GUEZ / AFP)

  • Over 200 rockets and mortars have been fired by Hamas and other terrorist groups into Israel over the past 24 hours amid talks of a long-term ceasefire
  • At least 25 were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defence system
  • More than 140 Hamas targets in Gaza were struck by the IDF in retaliation
  • This latest escalation follows the killing of two Hamas snipers during a Hamas training exercise and Hamas gunfire at civilian construction vehicles
  • 5 Israelis have been injured, one critically, by rocket fire, with several more being treated for shock
  • At least 3 Palestinians have been killed, including a a Hamas commander as well as a pregnant mother and her 18-month-old daughter
  • This outbreak of violence follows two previous rounds of major rocket and mortar barrages by Hamas on May 29-30 and July 14-15 and the near-daily use of fire kites and incendiary balloons to terrorise Israelis and burn property and fields, among other violent incidents over recent weeks.
  • The conflict has escalated dramatically since the violent and ongoing Hamas-orchestrated weekly riots along the border fence that began March 30
  • IDF has ordered all summer schools in the area remain closed and forbids any agricultural work near Gaza
  • Sirens continue to blare across the South as of this posting

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