January 22, 2021

Israel bombs Gaza in response to rocket launch

Israel bombs Gaza in response to rocket launch



Israel began to attack the Gaza Strip, in response to a rocket launched from the Palestinian enclave that struck this morning in the city of Bersheva (south of the country) causing material damage but not victims.

"At the moment, warplanes of the Israel Defense Forces have started attacking terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip," a military statement said.

The attacks began about two hours after the anti-aircraft alarms broke out in Bersheva, about 40 kilometers from the Strip, by the impact of the projectile, probably a Grad-type rocket, which was not intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile system.

The Army reported that, after the impact on Bersheva, a second rocket launch was recorded, the latter towards the sea.

It is the first rocket launch against Israel since a serious upsurge in violence in July and August, when it was feared that there would be a new war.

The UN and Egypt have since tried to mediate a long-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.

The events take place hours after the Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, demanded the Security Cabinet a major military operation against Gaza to guarantee several years of calm.

Last week, the Israeli army announced that it reinforced its troops around the Strip, due to the deterioration of security in the area, where the weekly marches continue on Fridays and Mondays to the border, framed in the so-called Long March of Return. .

This mobilization includes weekly mass protests on the divide and at sea, the launching of incendiary balloons that have caused hundreds of fires in Israel and attacks on the security fence and infiltration attempts and is intended to demand the end of the blockade of Gaza and the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

Since it began on March 30, more than 200 Palestinians have died in protests, violent incidents and Israeli bombings.

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