Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Israeli family describes close call when Hamas rocket landed on house

The escalation came after at least seven Palestinians were killed on Sunday in a covert Israeli operation The escalation came after at least seven Palestinians were killed on Sunday in a covert Israeli operation
| 15 November, 2018, 07:48

Lieberman described a Tuesday ceasefire ending the worst escalation between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza since a 2014 war as a "capitulation to terror" and announced he was quitting his post.

"Our enemies pleaded for a ceasefire and they know very well why", Netanyahu said, denying accusations that he had gone soft on Gaza terrorists.

Israel's defence minister resigned over the Gaza Strip ceasefire and said the country should hold elections "as soon as possible".

After more than six hours of deliberations on Tuesday, Israel's security cabinet unanimously agreed to am Egyptian-brokered ceasefire to bring to an end a major flare-up with Gazan militants that saw almost 500 rockets fired into Israeli territory in a 25-hour bombardment.

After two days of fighting sparked by the deaths of seven Palestinians and one Israeli soldier, Israel's cabinet agreed to a cease-fire on Tuesday, the BBC reported.

Seven Palestinians were killed in Gaza over the course of some 24 hours as Israeli strikes targeted militants and flattened buildings while sending fireballs and plumes of smoke into the sky.

"At these times leadership is not doing the easy thing, but the right thing, even if it is hard", Netanyahu reportedly said.

"Certain morally bankrupt members of the Security Council will jump to blame Israel, and others who pretend to be objective will call for restraint on both sides", Danon added.

Missile defences intercepted more than 100 rockets from Gaza and most others fell in open areas, though some hit houses and other civilian structures.


"But the Cabinet at the head of "Mr. Security" [Netanyahu] and Minister "Security" [Liberman] prefer to get into an argument in the middle of it and to compete for votes instead of finding diplomatic and security ways to return quite to the south".

With air raid sirens wailing throughout southern Israel and the explosions of air strikes thundering in Gaza, the sides had appeared to be headed to what would have been their fourth war in a decade.

In response, the Israel Defense Forces bombed over 160 sites connected to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, including four sites the army identified as "key strategic assets".

Israel used air support to withdraw its soldiers and seven Palestinians, including a Hamas commander, as well as one Israeli soldier were killed in the exchange.

He said he also fiercely objected to Israel's allowing Qatar to deliver $15 million in aid to Gaza last week.

Sunday's special forces operation and resulting clash upset those efforts, leading to questions over the timing of the covert Israeli move.

On Wednesday, Israel's prime minister defended the agreement.

"Behold the political slaughter dealt to leaders of the occupation who aren't capable of dealing with Gaza", the organization's spokesperson said in a statement. Israeli snipers have killed about 170 people, a lot of them unarmed.

Since March 30, thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have gathered at weekly protests along the Israeli border to demand a lifting of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade and an improved humanitarian situation.

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