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IDF aerial and ground forces attacking in Gaza

Residents of Israeli communities located near the Gaza border reported hearing huge explosions in the area as a result of the IDF’s massive attack in the Gaza Strip.

The IDF called on residents of communities located up to four kilometers from the Gaza border to remain in shelters until further notice.

Simultaneously with the extensive attacks on Gaza, heavy barrages of rockets were fired at communities in southern Israel and the Shphela region. A rocket hit a home in Ashkelon and miraculously there were no injuries.

In another incident in Ashkelon, a rocket hit a seven-story building. A 60-year-old man was seriously injured, a man in his 50s was seriously injured and another man in his 90s was lightly injured from shrapnel.

Magen David Adom paramedics provided the three with medical treatment and evacuated them to Barzilai Hospital.

At around 5:30 a.m., additional barrages were fired at communities near the Gaza border.

Earlier on Thursday evening, an 87-year-old woman from Moshav Shtulim near Ashdod died after suffering a head injury while running to a protected space during a siren.

A rocket exploded between several houses in Be’er Sheva, without causing any physical injuries. Two people who suffered from anxiety were treated at the scene.

More than 300 rockets were fired at Israel on Thursday.

Sirens were sounded in the evening in Ashdod, Modi’in, Lod, Ramla, the communities in the Shphela region, in the Ashkelon and Ashdod areas, as heavy rocket barrages were fired from the Gaza Strip.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced shortly after midnight that IDF aerial and ground forces were attacking targets in Gaza.

An IDF fighter jet and aircraft earlier attacked a number of buildings housing many Hamas and Islamic Jihad weapons. One of the weapons depots that was attacked was in the home of a Hamas naval activist.

Earlier, three rockets were fired from Lebanon at the town of Shlomi in the Galilee. There were no injuries and no warning was sounded due to the fact that the rockets landed at sea and not near homes. Residents of the area heard explosions.

A heavy barrage of rockets was also launched on Thursday evening at communities in the south of the country, including Be’er Sheva, the Bedouin diaspora and the communities near the Gaza border.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz authorized the IDF to recruit another 9,000 reservists in an exceptional call order in accordance with the operational needs, after assessing the security situation.

Source: Arutz Sheva

Some 160 aircraft flying simultaneously conducted a massive attack on a network of tunnels dug by the Hamas terror group under Gaza City around midnight in the largest Israeli strike since the outbreak of fighting earlier this week, the military says.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, in this air campaign, which lasted nearly 40 minutes, some 450 missiles were dropped on 150 targets in northern Gaza.

The military says it is still working to determine the extent of the damage caused to the underground infrastructure, which IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman says was a “strategic asset” to Hamas.

In addition to the aerial strike, Israeli tanks, artillery cannons and infantrymen on the Gaza border conducted accompanying barrages at Hamas targets that came out during the assault to attack Israeli targets, Zilberman says, clarifying that the ground troops remain on Israel’s side of the border and did not enter the Gaza Strip, despite earlier claims to the contrary by the IDF.

In total, some 500 artillery shells — some flares and some explosive — along with 50 tank shells were fired during this subsequent bombardment.

Palestinians in Gaza report that the Israeli strike lasted over an hour and caused a number of casualties, though an exact tally is not immediately available.

Zilberman says the operation is the result of large amounts of intelligence and careful planning.

The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry says 115 Palestinians have died in the enclave since fighting started Monday.

It adds that 600 have been injured.

Israel maintains that most fatalities are either members of terror groups or killed by errant Hamas rocket fire that landed inside the Strip.

Source: TOI

Header: Smoke rises following Israeli missile strikes on Gaza City, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)