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. Thinker23

    As long as the Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere are willing the war to continue it means that they are happy with its results (including the blockade, Israeli military actions against the terrorists and everything else Palestinians love to complain about). This means that to end the war and make peace possible Israel MUST make the Palestinians UNHAPPY with the war so they'll start demanding their leaders to seek peace. If and when the Palestinians will produce leadership ABLE AND WILLING to stop violence, recognize Israel and negotiate a peace agreement Israel will gladly agree.

    November 11, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Basem

      No, 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 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rodmika joseph

    Hamas is like raches they need to be eleminated once and for all.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hide Behind

    What are the terms of peace between The Isrseli Jewish state and its non Jewish neighbors and residents within its present borders?
    There is but one ending for all non Jewish and that is extinction within whatever lands Israel deems their own.
    Wether as is readily viewable removal from. Lands way beyond its so called agrred by first state to eventual pseudo kingdom years primacy.
    WHAt cost peace to be treated as non human, not allowed religious or cultural recognition or ownership of land or ones choices of movement.
    When peace means voluntary genocide who is to say what is peace other than death.

    November 11, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. CJKOREA

    I have met quite a few ( way more than just a few) palestinians who want nothing more than peace in their country. Why and by what purpose would firing rockets into Israel do anything to benefit them? The story doesn't make sense. Please don't forget that the Palestinians are Jewish, Christian and Muslims just like Israelis are (funny how they get along..because they do). The problem is that Israel is instigating a great deal of these problems by cutting off supplies and pushing around it's settlers in the west bank. I really wish some of you would go and see Israel for what it is. It acts like a bully in the region and gets an equally hostile response back. If my kids and I were starving and lacking basic supplies for medicine because of a government blockade, I too might resort to violence. This is not an Islam vs Judaism fight, this is an fight of the right to live without oppression.

    November 11, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • joshfellman

      I would agree with what you're saying CJ, but if you look at the history of the conflict you would know that there have been a few instances to make peace and aside from Rabin's assassination in the early 90s by another Jew, the reason there is no peace is because the PLO never wanted it in the past. Hamas was democratically elected and the Palestinians in Gaza have done nothing to remove them from power since then. The people in Gaza know that rockets fired into Israel will elicit a response of higher magnitude. Can you blame the Israelis for using superior military might when they have it? Absolutely not. If Mexico was firing rockets into the southern US, do you think Obama or any other president would hesitate to respond? Again, absolutely not. I am someone that supports Israel and envisions a 2 state solution. I know that Netanyahu's government is not going to be the one that makes it happen, but you can't blame the settlements for the rockets and ongoing violence. If the rockets stop and Hamas goes away forever, I can assure you that peace will soon follow. Their charter states they want to wipe Israel off the map. No matter who the PM of Israel is – extreme left or extreme right – they can't negotiate with that.

      November 11, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bomont

    Agreed

    November 11, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. namename

    Personally I don't understand why this terrorist keeps on sending missiles to israel, then starts crying when Israel returns back the favor? What do they get with what they're doing?

    November 11, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. LUIGII

    Agreed!

    November 11, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. mobster

    Iran's president AhmedNedjade is always RIGHT for his stance against Israel. He should be given nobel prise for courage+peace. Indeed Israel has occupied the lands of its neighbouring countries and end of all this aggression is ultimately what the Iran's president always has dreamt.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • cocopuf

      Are you that dumb not understanding why Israel has captured this additional land? If you were attacked over and over, how many times are you going to return this land without a peace treaty? Get a new life before it is too late for U.

      November 11, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    I'm in Israel as I type, here are the facts, the Palestenians in Gaza have fired over 70 rockets at Israeli and Israeli military, that is not only terrorism but an act of war. If that happened to any other country in the world a war would of been initiated. An additional fact that and this one is for CJKOREA, there are not any Jewish Palestenians today, there are however 1,500,000 Israeli Arabs, both Muslim and Christian who have the exact same rights as all other Israeli's. Further when Israel made peace with the Egyptions they tried to give them Gaza and The Egyptions did not want them. They said they are a problem and we won't make piece if we have to be responsible for them. Also Gaza is controlled by Hamas and they are a self proclaimed terrorist organization, they were elected by the Palestenians and they are not only at war with Israel but also with the PLO which controls the West Bank. These are all facts so please do your research before coming to any conclusions and I believe you will come to the conclusion that Israel isvwithin their right to defend themselves like any other sovereign nation.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • joshfellman

      Amen

      November 11, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • What about the siege on Gaza and make it big jail

      Gaza live under siege from many years, Israel block inter alot of essential materials (as cement,iron and some type of food), Israel keep airstrike against Gaza and always the people in Gaza afraid when Israil will assasinate militant and kill many civilians with the target militant. And what about alot of palestinians are in israli jails from years without accuse.
      Beside Gaza not apart from west bank, both are palestinians area, 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 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Isawandswiss

    Israel is an Apartheid and a racist country according to every free man in the world like Tutu, Gandi,Mandela,Grass,....

    November 11, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • cocopuf

      You sound like another ignorant dumb bell.

      November 11, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    "Mobster" your a coward like your President Achdiajadid, I'll add in Hamas to being cowards. They like you Mobster talk a lot but your a weakling who attacks with words and bombs but hides behind woman and children. If you were so brave you would fight like Men, you claim you can't yet it is you who has the oil and riches. May you try your big mouth antics in my neighborhood in the states and I'll gladly lay you out, you weak pathetic excuse for a Man!!!

    November 11, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Isawandswiss

    Where are the pictures of Palestinian children killed by Israelis.
    CNN should be ashamed of such a bias reporting. I hope my comments here will not be censored again.

    http://www.sott.net/article/252611-Israeli-Crimes-Against-Humanity

    November 11, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • cocopuf

      Did you know that there were a LOT MORE ARABS that have died by torture including pregnant women, and children under Arafat and hamas? hamas operate behind civilians and children so that they can blame it on Israel. Some people are easily brainwashed ... like you for example. LOL

      November 11, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    Isawandswiss, Israel is a democracy where there are 1,500,000 Israeli Arabs who vote and elect who they want, if you do your research you will see that, please stop with your lies...they are getting old and thebworld knows it.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      Israeli Is a democracy only for "Good chosen People".

      November 11, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. teii

    There will be no peace in the middle east until the end of this world.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    On an additional comment to Isawandswiss, if Hamas attacksbIsrael and they don't tell their peole that they need to stay off the streets Hamas is just as responsible. Won't you crticize Hamas or let me guss you won't because you can't or you are afraid of what will happen to you for doing so?

    November 11, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
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