Gaza-based Hamas terrorists sent 300 rockets into Israel Monday, bringing about a major Israeli Defense Forces strike in Gaza. Hamas “has crossed a red line,” said Israeli Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rukun, who said Israel would “continue to respond with an iron fist against all terrorist activity or rocket fire.”
Israel said it intercepted 70 of the rockets.
In what appeared to be a separate attack, a mortar shell hit a bus in which Israel Defense Force personnel had been riding. Six people were injured, including a 19-year-old who was listed in critical condition, Fox News reported.
The latest round of violence was triggered Sunday when a firefight broke out in Gaza between Israeli soldiers and Hamas fighters.
Fox News gave a blow-by-blow of what was happening on the ground. Warning, it’s pretty horrific:
The Israeli military says it has dispatched fighter jets to strike “terror targets” throughout Gaza following a barrage of mortar and rocket fire that wounded six people. Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel at sundown Monday, a day after an Israeli military raid in Gaza left seven militants and an Israeli officer dead.
Gaza’s Hamas rulers and the smaller Islamic Jihad group claimed joint responsibility for the rocket barrage. Israeli media say six people were wounded by Palestinian fire, including a 19-year-old who was critically hurt when a mortar shell hit a bus.
Israeli medics say a 19-year-old man has been critically wounded in an explosion in southern Israel. The man apparently sustained the wounds in a Palestinian mortar attack from Gaza that struck a bus. Black smoke could be seen billowing into the air from the area of the mortar strike.
The incoming fire comes a day after an Israeli undercover military raid in Gaza sparked fighting that left seven Palestinian militants and an Israeli officer dead