Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Israeli military will stop at nothing to secure its settlements and may well launch a broad destruction campaign against Gaza if the local armed groups continue to respond with missile strikes.
Air raid sirens were heard across southern Israel for the second straight day, after the Israeli war jets pounded Gaza on Monday. The IDF said that some 50 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israeli territory, with 90% of them intercepted.
We are now hitting Gaza with planes, tanks, and helicopters,” Netanyahu announced as he visited an Iron Dome air defense system battery in the Ashdod area. He also added a special message for the leaders of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militants.
Start digging your graves. Speaking later in the day at the Israeli settlement of Ariel in the West Bank, Netanyahu added more threats.
Netanyahu said he was well aware of the price that IDF troops – who are conscripts – and their families would pay in such a campaign.
Netanyahu stressed his threats were not empty words, and that he would “do what it takes” to restore security for the people in southern Israel. Islamic Jihad said late on Monday that its “military response” to Israel has been completed, at least for now.
The rocket barrage came after videos emerged online of the IDF using a bulldozer to bury the body of a Palestinian man, killed as he allegedly tried to place a bomb at the border fence in the Gazan town of Khan Yunis.
Israeli reprisal strikes targeted not only Gaza, but also the “terror sites belonging to the PIJ terror group south of Damascus in Syria,” according to the IDF. However, most of the Israeli missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defenses.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.