Hamas Fires 100+ Rockets Into Israel, Forces Civilians Into Shelters

Washington Free Beacon | 11/12/2018 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
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Dozens of rockets fired from Gaza landed in Israeli cities through the day Monday, causing fires and at least one casualty, according to the Israeli Defense Forces. Hamas has taken responsibility for the attacks, which constitute a war crime.

Videos from the IDF showed the torrent of rockets above Israeli airspace. Iron Dome, part of Israel's surface-to-air response system, can be seen engaging the incoming barrage. Over one hundred rockets had been fired into Israel by Monday evening local time.

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Hamas announced it was launching the strikes in conjunction with Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terror organizations. It was a response, the group said, to an Israeli intelligence mission carried out the night before, the New York Times reports.

The escalation came hours after Palestinians and Israelis buried combatants who were killed on Sunday night, after what Israeli news media described as an Israeli intelligence mission inside the Gaza Strip that went awry.

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Six Hamas fighters, including a commander of forces in the Khan Younis area, and a member of the Popular Resistance Committees, another armed faction, were killed. An Israeli Druze lieutenant colonel in the elite Maglan unit, a commando brigade, was killed in the clash, and was hailed as a national hero at his funeral Monday.

Hamas, the group that governs Gaza, said in a statement that it was collaborating on the strikes against Israel with rival factions including Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees and several other armed groups.

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The groups called the barrage "a measured and carefully thought response to last night’s incident," and warned Israel that "the range and intensity of fire from Gaza will increase in accordance with the volume of the Israeli response."

Some rockets landed on their intended civilian targets. Photographs and videos shared on social media show a charred bus on a highway. Others showed a home...
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