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Seven Hamas military members were killed on November 11, 2018, when they got in a firefight with Israeli commandos on an intelligence gathering operation deep in the Gaza strip. Among the Hamas dead was tunnel commander Nur Barake.
One Israeli commando was killed.
Assassination - Hamas - Operatives
Based on what has been reported, it does not appear that this was a targeted assassination of Hamas operatives.
Hamas and other affiliated terrorist groups have responded by firing several hundred rockets at Israel, and also targeted a bus with a Russian-made guided anti-tank missile. Rockets were fired at a rate that exceeded even the rocket fire that cause the 2014 Gaza war.
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Israel is retaliating for the rocket fire, including hitting Hamas intelligence headquarters, located next to a school:
It’s hard to say, as of this writing, if the fighting will escalate into a repeat of the 2014 war. It may not take much. The bus hit by the anti-tank missile was empty, except for the driver, but had carried 50 Israeli soldiers shortly before the attack. Had 50 Israelis been killed in that bus attack, the pressure on Netanyahu to “mow the lawn” (launch an intensive attack on Gaza) would have been unavoidable. Similarly, if any of the rockets causes significant Israeli civilian casualties, or if the rocket fire continues, we would be looking at a repeat of 2014.
Aspect - Gaza - War
One important aspect of the next Gaza war will be the...
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