Militants in the Gaza Strip have carried out 36 launches towards Israel’s southern communities. Only six have been intercepted. Although no casualties or injuries have been reported, heavy damage was done to many agricultural fields in the south.
Rocket strikes have forced many Israeli families to take cover in bomb shelters, while the sirens sounded in the southern part of the country. Two Gaza-based militant organisations took responsibility for the attacks.
Despite neither of the groups belonging to Hamas, Israel still holds the organisation that governs Gaza responsible for any attacks emanating from the territories it controls, even if the launches are not carried out by its own militants.
A Hamas spokesman suggested the launches were connected to the situation in Jerusalem and that the attacks were done to “protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque”, one of the holiest sites in Islam.
What’s Going on in Jerusalem?
The statement from the organisation hinted at the recent escalation of tensions in Jerusalem. Israeli and Palestinians have been clashing since the beginning of Ramadan on 12 April, but the tensions have recently geared up, as some Palestinians claimed that police have tried to prevent them from holding their usual Ramadan evening gatherings outside Damascus Gate – close to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
In the last few days, Arab youths have been attacking religious Jews and uploading their assaults on TikTok and other social media networks.