Assessment: It marks the first significant flare-up in fighting involving major airstrikes since the end of the 11-day war between Israel and Hamas in May …
Israel launched multiple airstrikes by attack helicopters against the Gaza Strip in the late night hours of Saturday after the military said that Hamas fired rockets toward Israel, though they had landed in the Mediterranean Sea off central Israel.
“As fireworks lit up the skies to celebrate New Year 2022 around the world, a different type of fire came from Gaza-terrorist rocket-fire toward Israel,” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a Sunday message on Twitter. “In response, we just struck Hamas sites in Gaza, including a rocket manufacturing site & military posts used for terrorist activity.”
— Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) January 1, 2022
It marks the first significant flare-up in fighting involving major airstrikes since the end of the 11-day war between Israel and Hamas in May. But in this case no casualties were reported throughout the airstrikes, though Hamas alleged that Israel targeted agricultural infrastructure as punishment.
On the Israeli side, “No sirens were sounded and Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interception system did not deploy, the army said in a statement,” Al Jazeera noted. A Hamas spokesman vowed over the weekend that “our resistance will continue” in order to “liberate our land
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