On Wednesday afternoon, two rockets were fired from Gaza and landed in open fields in southern Israel. No damage or injuries were reported.
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Two rockets were fired from Gaza Wednesday afternoon and landed in open fields in the Eshkol Regional Council. No damage or injuries were reported. Rocket sirens in the area were not sounded.
Since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, dozens of rockets and mortar shells have been fired from Gaza at Israel. Some of the projectiles landed in southern Israel while others were either intercepted by Iron Dome batteries or fell in Gaza.
In response to the attacks, the IDF targeted Hamas terror positions. However, the Israeli security establishment concluded on Wednesday that it is highly probable that Friday’s mortar shell attack was carried out the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, not Hamas.
The IDF suspects that Hamas is no longer capable of restraining the PIJ and thus high-ranking Israeli defense officials are debating whether the Israeli military should start targeting PIJ positions and the group’s leaders.
On Saturday, a day after three mortar shells were fired from Gaza, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel News Company that Iran has been supplying Gaza-based terror groups with rockets and mortar shells.
“You need to understand, three mortar shells were fired, and this is very serious,” he said, adding that the equipment was smuggled into Gaza via the Sinai Peninsula. “Hamas is deterred…the problem is that Hamas is losing its deterrence against the extreme Salafi elements that are backed by Iran. They are receiving money, support and ideology from global jihadist figures and Iran.”