December 7, 2019

IDF Retaliates to Gaza Rockets Fired After Ceasefire

NAHAL OZ, ISRAEL - JUNE 08: A view of the Palestinian protest on the Israel-Gaza border on June 8, 2018 in Nahal Oz area, Israel. Naksa is Arabic for setback. Naksa Day is the anniversary of the defeat of the Arabs during the 1967 Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched further retaliatory strikes against Islamic Jihad after rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip following a ceasefire reached on Nov. 14, the Times of Israel reports.

The ceasefire was reached between the Israeli government and Islamic Jihad on the morning of Nov. 14; since then, four rockets were fired from Gaza toward Israel. The IDF tweeted, “We are currently striking Islamic Jihad terror targets in Gaza. This comes after rockets were indiscriminately fired from Gaza at Israeli civilians today.”

Schools in Israeli communities along the Gaza border remained closed until Nov. 17.

From Nov. 12 to Nov. 14, Islamic Jihad had fired approximately 450 rockets until Israel in response to the IDF killing Islamic Jihad Senior Commander Bahaa Abu al-Ata. There have been 34 Palestinians killed and 58 Israelis injured due to the strikes, according to Jewish Telegraphic Agency; most of the killed Palestinians were members of Islamic Jihad.

The IDF tweeted out a video on Nov. 13 explaining that Islamic Jihad is an Iranian proxy whose sole purpose is engaging in terrorism against Israelis. The IDF pledged in the video to protect Israeli civilians from terrorists like Islamic Jihad.