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. Isawandswiss

    Israel is a racist, Apartheid country and nothing more.
    Just google it : Israeli war crimes

    November 11, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • NoPCbullshi

      Islam is a racist, violent religion and nothing more.

      Just google it: Muslims blow up a chuch; Muslims blow up a bus; Muslims blow up a Buddha statue; Muslims shoot a girl in the head; Muslims behead a 9 year old boy; Muslims commit war crime; Muslims kill innocent people; etc, etc, etc...

      November 11, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    Israel is a Democracy, Jews, Muslims and Chrsitians vote and have all the same rights... google that

    November 11, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    American tax payers have been very generous in building up Israeli military apparatus. Billions of dollars that are needed at home go towards feeding IDF every year. The myth of Israel's security has worked very well with us the US tax payers.
    @Dan
    You are sadly mistaken or misinformed non-Jewish Israelis do not have the rights the Jews have. Yes the world knows it. And the Israeli security apparatus comes down heavy on those who protest.
    The world also knows the ruthless annexation of land belonging to non-Jews by ever increasing illegal settlements, ethnic cleansing, apartheid and strangulationgulation of people in the occupied territories.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. dcmortimer

    Israel is being attacked on a daily basis by terrorists who would kill all the Jews if they got the chance just Like Hitlers Nazis .

    November 11, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Fortunately there are brave Jewish orgs standing on the side of truth and justice who keep the world informed. Like Gush Shalom, JVP, JStreet and Rabbis of America for peace.
    Foreign reporters including Americans are not allowed in the W.Bank/ Gaza.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Isawandswiss

    We can talk and talk abut the facts are as follows, occupation, siege, blockade, killing,........
    Do not get me wrong I really believe that Jews must have their own homeland like all other religions but this homeland should be in peace with her neighbours.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Just because he is Jewish it does not mean what he says is correct, that is the beauty of democracy you can say what you want freelyband by the way he later apologized for being wrong...

      November 11, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Isawandswiss

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMGuYjt6CP8&w=640&h=390]

    November 11, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • LoveIsrael

      I want you to come for 1 week to live in the south of Israel.
      then you will understand whos the Nazis and who really protects on the citizens

      November 11, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    Say what you are misinformed on many fronts, first and foremost Israel island always has been a democracy, everyone who is an Israeli Citizen votes and each vote is treated equal. Simply look up the names of the members of the Knesset and you will see many Arab names. With respect to the aid is Israel isbprovided by thebUS it is thanks to the American Givernment understand that it is in every Americansninterest to have Israelbasvabdemocracy in the US, that couple with the sharing of significant strategic intelligence that benefits the US. If that was not the case our government wouldn't do it, plain and simple

    November 11, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. LoveIsrael

    84 rockets have been fired to Israel in the last 24 hours.
    now I want to see the one that think that Israel start the fight and they are the terrorist.
    Fu** Gaza ! 84 times we need run to safe place or stay outside and injured or die from the Hamas missiles !

    November 11, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • LoveIsrael

      Not even finished writing it and several rockets landed in Israel increased to 88

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

    Israel, America (most of America any way) supports your right to exist and to defend yourselves. G-d Bless America and Israel!!!

    November 11, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Martin

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/myths/mf18.html
    Israel is not a democracy and everybody in the world knows that even Israeli in Israel.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • LoveIsrael

      Israel is the most democracy country in the world !
      and I'm "Israeli in Israel"

      November 11, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Martin do yourself and this board a favor and look up the names of the current Israeli Parliament, there are Arabs who are part of it. If you want to be taken seriously do so if not readers please look it up yourself and you will see the beauty of democracy, 1,500,000 Israeli Arabsvwho Ted who they want just like other Israelis have done.....fact,

      November 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. karbvi

    the problem with palestinians is the habit of banging their heads with their hands when their mad, happy, angry etc, this effects the brain in a detrimental way and is the reason that most of them are development delayed .Intelligent people like the jews cant relate to palestinians much lower level of intelligence.Fact.......jews have won 19 nobel prizes......not one muslim living in a muslim country has ever won one. How embarrassng for them.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Maher

    israel's existence is an insult to all humanity

    November 11, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. LoveIsrael

    106 rockets !!!!!
    Israel can delete the Gaza Strip and its inhabitants if she wants it.
    Gaza = terrorists. only one who lives in Israel knows it

    November 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JohnWV

    Besieged Palestinian Gaza is an experiment in provocation. Stuff one and a half million people into a tiny space, stifle their access to water, electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their livelihoods, and humiliate them regularly...and, surprise, surprise – they turn hostile. Now why would you want to make that experiment? Because the hostility you provoke is the whole point. Now under attack you can cast yourself as the victim, and call out the helicopter gunships and the F16 attack fighters and the heavy tanks and the guided missiles, and destroy yet more of the pathetic remains of infrastructure that the Palestinian state still has left. And then you can point to it as a hopeless case, unfit to govern itself, a terrorist state, a state with which you couldn't possibly reach an accommodation. And then you can carry on with business as usual, quietly stealing their homeland.

    November 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oded

      Dear JohnWV, maybe you are misinformed and still also believes that the world is flat and that if you sail to far you will fall off the edge of the world into the mouths of monsters (probably monster Jews). The Gaza Strip has a border with Egypt who today is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood (believe me by they are neither Zionist or Jews) and a border with Israel. So what kind of prison is this? A joint prison managed by both the Zionist Jews and the Muslim Brotherhood? Give me a break, the Hamas ousted the PLO by murdering them, not to mention anyone that doesn't abide by strict Muslim rules and continues to fire whatever they can get their hands on at Israeli children living inside of Israel. Maybe you are one of those that even goes even further than the Palestinian president Abbas and believes that the Jews should be thrown into the sea? You either misinformed or you are in the job of misinforming. Now you can o back to our propaganda...

      November 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      @JohnWV. If these people had spent all that money they used attacking Israel on the betterment of their country, they would be rich, & content. Their country would not be a shambles & they would be thriving. Their own hatred has led them to this.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isawandswiss

      Well said.

      November 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
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