November 11th, 2012
12:53 PM ET

Israel strikes rocket sites after Hamas 'escalation'

[Update 12:44 p.m.] The Israeli military says more than 85 rockets from Gaza have hit Israel since yesterday.  "In the past two days, Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip have dramatically escalated their attacks against Israel — firing an anti-tank missile at an IDF jeep as well as launching barrages of rockets at Israeli civilians," the Israel Defense Forces says.

The Palestinian official news agency WAFA posted this photo, saying it was taken in Gaza today after an Israeli strike.  WAFA did not give an exact location.  Israel has said it targeted a rocket-launching squad in Gaza.

This photo shows Israelis running for cover as a siren wailed in the city of Ashkelon in southern Israel, warning people of more rocket attacks coming in from Gaza, on Saturday night.

[Update 9:39 a.m.] Israel says its Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a rocket fired from Gaza today.  The United States supports the system.  Here's background from July.

[Update 8:05 a.m.] The Israeli military says 77 rockets have been fired into Israel country since Saturday evening.

[Update 7:17 a.m.] The Palestinian death toll in the latest violence has risen to six, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.  Also, more than 30 Palestinians have been wounded; 10 of them are in critical condition, according to the report.

Israel has reported dozens more rockets fired into the country from Gaza.  At least 69 were fired at Israel since Saturday evening, the Israel Defense Forces said.

IDF spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said four Israeli civilians have been wounded by rockets, according to initial reports.  Four Israeli soldiers were wounded yesterday, according to the military.

Leibovich also tweeted:

[Posted 7:03 a.m.] Israel is ready to escalate its military response to rocket attacks from Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today after 23 rockets struck Israel overnight.

"The world must understand that Israel will not sit idly against attempts to harm us. We are ready to intensify the reaction,” Netanyahu said.

Israeli forces are already striking at terror groups in Gaza behind the attacks, he said.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum warned against escalating the violence and targeting civilians, saying "we cannot sit idle towards it. An end should be put to it."

Four Israeli soldiers were wounded and five Palestinians, including a militant, were killed yesterday, as the two sides traded fire.

soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Kovach

    Ah, Israel is the most innocent country in the world. Ahem.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Oded

    Sure... You forgot to mention the crucifying of Christ, the killing of native Americans, and by the way also the origin of all evil and bad on the planet of earth... Clearly you "Hide Behind" ain't the clever one aye? Your propaganda is well structured, try better next time

    November 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Hide Behind

    The faction of the temple rulers in power were Hellenized Jews.more hellenized tha jew by most accounts. During the peeiod most associated with the christins Jesus not gonna go into any dreper and as of yet there was not a christian in the whole world.
    AS how no definitive guy named jesus has been proven how the he'll.... could I blame anyone for a death.
    WILL say I believe some one was walking about during that time ss not even every jew was bowing to Caeser as were those in the temple.

    November 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BOMBO ©

      HB, you know I love to argue with you, but on this point you've made arguement impossible. Why? Because I do not have a clue what you are babbling about.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. paolobrionesph

    If the world just drops religion altogether, all of this ridiculous fighting will stop. Religion is the root of all evil.

    November 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cocopuf

      It is NOT religion but men, who are the root of all evil on this Earth because we all are disobeing God to begin with.

      Don't just blame religion to cover your own faults. Religion (as you and I understand and use the term) is nothing more than man's attempt to reconcile himself with our creator GOD, and has been a total failure from the beginning. Men began to make their own rules to follow ...

      Jesus was and is the MOST ANTI-Religious person in this creation. In the beginning was the Word of God, and the Word became flesh. We rejected Him.

      WE are the ones that created our own religions by distorting the truth about His Word (period)

      Our salvation from eternal h3ll is given to us "free" by the Word of God, IF, and only IF, we choose to do so.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      And how will this religion free society be enforced? Must we now all worship the all knowing paolo?

      November 12, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      It's not about religion, it's about the land, the homeland., but I don't expect you to understand because all the wars US were involved with were in other countries, it was never about defending its own land.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • isathe

      hey bombo. you not governed by god today either stupid

      November 12, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Adel

      Palestinians can't live in a big jail, thousands of Palestinians are in Israeli jails even without court or any accuse, There are 5 millions Palestinians (Christians and Muslims) live behind Israeli borders (occupation) ! Only 1.8 millions have the right to vote(Israel recognize them as Israeli), others don't have any right even the right to move (Apartheid) or build houses or even sown trees. Israel doesn't want Peace, Israel keep killing Palestinians, Israel doesn't want to stop stealing the Palestinians land or even declare stop build Jews settlements on Palestinians land.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Sane

      Dear Adel,
      Repeating a lie does not bleach it and makes it true.
      1. "Occupation" – Israel had never occupied nothing from no one, since you can't really occupy a land that was never belong to no one (that is according to international law).
      2. There was never a state or a country called "Palestine" – this is only an alias that the Britons gave to the land that spreads from Israel to Iraq (yes including Jordan too)
      3. Every time the UN (1948, 1956) or Israel (1976, Oslo accords, 1994,1998,2004,2006) offered a compromise so you can start move on, and develop your self, you refused!
      4. Israeli Arabs enjoys FULL EQULE rights, including members in the Parliament (the Kenesset) , Judges (including one in the suprim court) , Doctors in Israeli hospital, education, full voting rights and healthcare. Do you call that Apartheid !?
      5. The people in the West Bank and in Gaza are controlled by your people, and if they fire rockets into Israel, they will be held Accountable and Israel will practice its right to self defence its civilians (and that includes its Arabs civilians too).

      November 12, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. The Real Obama

    Go Palestine! Never let Israel sleep comfortable.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • CookieSand

      A real peace maker.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • shadi

      no peace with islam and sharia law

      November 12, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • FUSCATOR

      Thing is YOU do not sleep out of frustration with Israel's existence and with the Jews' might.
      May you never sleep.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    Hamas, I hereby order you to stop firing rockets. There, now everything should calm down.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. think twice

    palestine stop that mess u forgot what the bible said

    November 12, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thinker23

      The vast majority of Palestinians are Muslims. Muslims don't care what the Bible said, they case what the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad said... and the Prophet ordered his followers to KILL THE JEWS.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. dkanary

    Get rid of religion? Do you mean those that worship a central creator? Do you mean that of blind, nationalistic pride? How about believing in the general goodness and selflessness of man to do what's right on our own? Destruction of the environment for greed? Picking on people because of their skin colour, or hair colour, or different opinions?

    The belief that religion is the root of all evil is like blaming all the houses getting built because we invented tools. Take away the religion, and what do you get? A self-absorbed human being ready to throw their weight behind any movement that will allow them to foster their self-interest. Religion is a collection of people doing good and bad for reasons that line up with their good and bad nature. There is no religion- just people making decisions based on their own convictions.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cactus Jack

      Without religion we will all become like those who live on this forum and spout hatred all day long.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. cocopuf

    It is high time for Israel to react to all these daily rockets and send a clearer message. Something they (hamas) will think twice before firing rockets trying to kill innocent people ar random. The Palis elected hamas and are a disgrace to humanity.

    They could have had their own nation and would have prospered by now. Instead, with hamas, they are ruining their own future generations. Almighty Gog, so let it be as punishment for their own proclaimed ignorance.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cocopuf

      A typo correction: "Almighty God"

      November 12, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Cactus Jack

      Think nuclear.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cactus Jack

    Anna, you are either hallucinating or you are totally deranged. None of what you typed is fact is is either madeup on your part or you are listening to the wrong people.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. FUSCATOR

    How dares a journalist put escalation in quote marks, when more than 100 rockets were shot in the last 40 hours or so, ALL OF THEM at civilians?
    Is there a shred of sanity and journalistic impartiality left at CNN?

    November 12, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. markus klein

    Just another day with Hamas as your freindly neighboor. Me, I'd evict every man jack arab out of the West Bank an d Gaza, send them to Iraq, all that killing there must have left some gaps those palestinians can fill.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. israel israeli

    Any other country in the world would have destroyed Gaza. They shoot at innocent Israeli children Babies

    November 12, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Thinker23

    Anna Lee... The Arab states receive FIVE TIMES more US aid than Israel gets. Nevertheless, the vast majority of all terrorsts in the world are Arabs and almost all of them target America.

    November 12, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. shofar37

    Reblogged this on SHOFAR 37 and commented:
    Yeshua The Messiah Is Coming Soon !

    November 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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