The United States Department of State defended Israel after a recent barrage of Hamas rocket attacks against civilian targets Friday, blasting Hamas and other terror organizations in the region after 19 were hurt when missiles smashed into a children’s playground.
“It’s a very concerning situation that is taking place in Gaza. Overall, we condemn the launching of missile attacks into Israel and call for an end to the destructive violence,” said State Dept. spokesperson Heather Nauert. “We’ve seen reports that 180 or so rocket attacks have taken place, shot from Gaza into Israel and we fully support Israel’s right to defend itself and to take actions to prevent provocations of that nature.”
“Let’s not forget that Hamas bears ultimate responsibility for the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza,” Nauert added. “It’s a tremendous concern of ours.”
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'IT WAS IRAN': Israel Says TEHRAN Behind Gaza Mortar Barrage
Israeli officials publicly blamed Iran for the recent mortar attack on southern Israel Wednesday, saying Tehran was the “culprit” behind the barrage that included 180 Iranian-manufactured shells.
According to the Jerusalem Post, IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis confirmed the mortar shells were produced inside the Islamic Republic and smuggled into the region by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
“Despite Israel’s intelligence superiority over terror groups, as well a blockade imposed both by the IDF and Egypt, Hamas and other terror groups in the Strip have restocked their supply of weapons in the four years since the last round of fighting between Israel and Hamas,” writes the Post.
“The mass-produced Iranian mortar shells used in Tuesday’s salvos were also used by Islamic Jihad in an attack in January and in a barrage 12 mortar shells fired toward an army outpost in November,” adds the author.
The revelation raises new questions over Iran’s influence in the region as the United States urges western allies and other nations to help clampdown on Tehran’s nuclear program.
ISRAEL UNCHAINED: Netanyahu Destroys ‘HUNDREDS’ of Targets After Rockets Hit PLAYGROUND
The Israeli Air Force destroyed “hundreds of terror targets” in Gaza overnight after a barrage of rockets rained down on a children’s playground; injuring at least 19 Israelis in a residential neighborhood.
“Following the barrages throughout the night, the IAF struck over 100 terror targets including a plant used to manufacture components intended for the construction of tunnels as well as a tunnel for maritime terrorism along Israel’s coast,” writes the Jerusalem Post.
“A number of terror targets in several military sites, including weapons and rockets, as well as a military compound that serves as a central logistic warehouse were also hit by IAF jets,” adds the Post.
Hamas issued a scathing statement following the blasts, saying “We are delivering on our promise. The resistance accepted the responsibility to even the playing field with the enemy and it is succeeding in doing so.”
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