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.

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  1. Dr Hoffman

    I wish I was born before 1948 so i could have seen which people it was before the Jews that you, arab/muslims accused ,of all your problems....could it have been the Armenians?Assyrians?perhaps the Coptic Christians?the Celtics?the Gelgameks of sector 4-J in the Urombaz universe.

    Off course non of them!!!because the arab/muslim nations lived in harmony and extacy,with one another and all was good before 1948...no slavery of black Africans,no wars between arabs and Berbers in north africa,hindu/muslims relations in India were impeccable, different Arab tribes of the Arabian peninsula? like a big colourful carnival, Sunni/Shia/Druze/Christian relations in Lebanon...paris of the middle east!!!
    and then came 1948 and ruined everything :)

    its so tiring already, every time something is wrong with the arab/muslim world its Israel's' fault....
    unemployment in Morocco...."Israels fault"
    Burmese genocide of the Rohingya Muslims...."Israels fault"
    price of rice in turkey rises...you guessed it..."Israels fault"

    ...."Oh by the way,i was being sarcastic"......"well duh"...

    November 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Patsy Cline

    God is going to deal with all this..you WILL feel his WRATH!!

    November 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jesusgetstheglory777333

      Amen PATSY!@!!!!

      November 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      The god fallacy is the downfall of the entire western world. Five thousand years with no gods intervention, is proof that he isn't coming to fix crap. We mutt do it on our own.

      November 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Basem

    5 millions Palestinians (christians and muslims) live behind Israeli borders (occupation) ! Only 1.8 millions Israel give the the citizin and they 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 12:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Oded

      Yeah yeah Basem. You remind me of the saying that if you shout out a lie time and time again it becomes a fact so well done! You and your friends who support hate and instead of supporting a dialogue prefer to promote lies have done a terrific job of rallying quite big supporters. Hitler as a demagog was also very good in that – I am sure you think highly of him or oops sorry, the truth is that nothing ever happened, it's only a Zionist propaganda to steal the land of the Muslims... Btw, not sure why I am writing here, I have no illusions that there can be any kind of dialogue with the like of you so you are free to blast my response, you or any other Person who believes that the Jews have horns on their head, control the banks and media of the world and eat matza bread made out if baby blood

      November 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Israel defends itself from attacks. Stop attacking & you will stop dying.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cactus Jack

      Spoken like a true lying muslim.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Six Billion people live outside of American borders and do not have the right to vote in the US. THIS is occupation, Bassam...

      November 12, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Oded

    Doesn't really matter what the facts are. As long as there's a Jew around, you can always accuse him for anything. This was 2000 years ago and this is now and sadly this will be also in 2000 years unless one of the Adolf's or Ahmenijad's gets away with their plan to purify the world from those nasty Jews. And you can always rely on cheap propaganda to justify the evilness of the Jews. Don't forget, the Jews make their matza bread from the blood of the babies. Beware beware

    November 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeff Roem

      I'm Jewish, but I converted to RC. Am I still a Jew?

      November 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TheSurvivalGuy

    Reblogged this on thesurvivalplaceblog.

    November 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. non

    It's never going to work.

    98% of all Palestinians live in Jordan.

    Can you really say these Palestinians have a life? They don't. If if was me, like my decendants, we moved away from persecution. We did not stay to be murdered. Move to Jordan for a life and allow those who stay to be part of a two state solution, if not, they can all leave.

    The time has come for some harsh realities. The people of Palestine and the People of Israel need a solution, this is mine.

    Two state solution with the ones who have stayed and for the ones who leave make sure that the UN and Israel give a massive CASH endowment for education and relocation.

    A perceptual war on both neighbors doorsteps is destroying the youth and their futures in Palestine

    Move or stay and make peace at all costs.

    November 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guest

      Nice that you want to be paid blood money, for Hamas trying to kill these people for decades. Your people had a chance to have peace, you helped these terrorists to ruin it. Your people stood by & let them. You cheered them on. I do not feel you deserve anything at all.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. non

    Its time to admit the Palestinians lost and should make Peace at all costs for the sake of future generations.

    November 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guest

      All they have to do, is stop attacking Israel. Israel just defends themselves, so peace will follow if they stop attacking Israel.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MarcioBR83

    Well, IDF killed a 10yo innocent kid....what'd they expect? I'd do the same...or even worst. Israel=terrorists.

    November 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Strange

      So terrorists fire 80 rockets in a day and Israel is the terrorist for responding?
      Hamas says they will never make peace but Israel is the terrorist?
      Hamas won't make peace with their own people (threw them off buildings) but Israel is the terrorist?
      Grow up.

      November 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Hamas is full of murderers who use their own children as shields. What about the rockets they fired first at Israel's civilians,Hmmm. Hamas killed that 10 year old by starting this fight. That child's blood is on Hamas' hands.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Marcio... No one has the magoc weapons killing bad guys only, even Israel. As long as the majority of Palestinians are willing the war to conitnue it will continue and more Palestinians will be killed. When the number of dead Palestinians will satisfy those still alive they will ask for peace.

      November 12, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Strange

    1. The Arabs get more aid and return nothing,
    2. Israel trains their own.
    3. Israel was against the Iraq and Afghan war and are not involved, so who died for Israel?
    4. Bin Laden said America was targeted for their bases in Saudi Arabia. Palestine was down his list.
    5. Perhaps you didn't notice that half of Americans voted republican. Oh yes and tell us how Jews control the presidency.
    With friends like you...

    November 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ben Rivera

    LOVE Israel. The only real friend we have in the middle east.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Portland tony

    Strategically the only benefit the US gets from Israel is a nuclear armed ally with a relatively stable government that shares most of our political beliefs.....that happens to be surrounded by mostly unstable sectarian states with which we have little in common.

    November 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Portland tony

    Allie

    November 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. badman

    i hope ISRAEL understand this is never canna last they cant just keep killing to solve problems someday they will no have the US to baked them that will be the end of ISRAEL

    November 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • goodman

      the day ISRAEL won't have US on its back we be the end of bloody ARABS

      November 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ponch

    Well Obama is a Muslim and he got reelected here in the US. Dino latter what happens the majority of Americsns are Muslim terrorist supporters. So I guess it really doesn't matter. I guess the majority of Americans support Muslims anduslim terrorist so who cares.

    November 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Get off that 'Obama is a Muslim' bull already.
      Your guy lost.
      Get over your mudslinging bitterness already.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. the prophet

    Israel has no destiny in prophecies and scripts

    November 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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