Israeli forces hit Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and blew up an attack tunnel and more than 30 other targets after militants unleashed their largest barrage on southern Israel in Palestinian territory since the 2014 war
Much of the day in Israel Warns about 70 incoming missiles and grenades intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome Defense System. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, which shared responsibility for the attacks, were "paying a high price". Israeli media reported that Netanyahu met with defense chiefs on Tuesday evening to assess the situation. A spokesman for Iran-backed Islamic Jihad said the militant groups had reached ceasefire with Israel through Egypt's mediation. An Israeli military spokeswoman refused to comment on the allegation. The Israeli Prime Minister's Office did not immediately respond to requests for comments.
The Gaza border has become a deadly hotspot in recent weeks. Israeli soldiers have killed more than 1
On Tuesday, three Israeli soldiers were injured, two slightly and one-third moderate said. Israeli officials signaled that they did not seek an escalation, but warned that the continuation of the shelling from Gaza could lead to a tougher Israeli reaction.
"If the terror continues from Gaza, we will intensify our retaliation and we will not tolerate continued rocket fire," said Army Spokesman Brig. Ronen Manelis said:
The United States called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the attack on Israel. The meeting could take place on Wednesday afternoon, the US mission told the UN.
As part of their protest campaign, the Palestinians on Tuesday launched a ship from the Mediterranean coast of the Gaza Strip to break the Israeli blockade of the territory to spokesman Sallah Abdulati. The ship was picked up by the navy and towed to an Israeli base, the army said.
Israeli military spokesman Lt.-Col. Jonathan Conricus called the launch an "illegal attempt to break through a legal naval blockade of Gaza" and unmasked it as a publicity stunt.
He also turned to the Tunnel Israel, which was destroyed along the Gaza border, which came from the city of Rafah on both Israeli and Egyptian territory. It was the 10th such attack tunnel that Israel has destroyed since October 30, Conricus said
– With support from Amy Teibel
( Updates with violations in the second paragraph. )