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WorldIsrael-Gaza Barrage Leads to Targeted Killings as Deaths Mount

23:55  05 may  2019
23:55  05 may  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Targeted killings by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) also called targeted prevention (Hebrew: סיכול ממוקד‎ sikul memukad) or focused foiling

Deaths mount in Gaza as Israel hits Iran-linked groups "without mercy". Iran-backed militants reply to Israeli strike with barrage of rockets. Israel 's new defense minister said Israel wouldn't hesitate to carry out additional targeted killings against those who threaten it.

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Israel and Hamas, an Islamic group that opposes Israel 's existence, have fought three wars and involved themselves in dozens of smaller flare-ups of violence since Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007. They engaged in several days of heavy fighting in March before Egypt brokered a truce in which

British media is particularly critical of Israel . “ Israel ‘bombs civilian targets with links to Hamas Can the current German coverage of the Gaza conflict still be considered legitimate criticism or must it “In response, Hamas fired a barrage of rockets at Tel Aviv, Israel ’s largest city, garnering much attention

(Bloomberg) -- Israel and Gaza-based militants are digging in for extended fighting after a barrage of hundreds of rockets and airstrikes stretched through a second day, threatening to undo months of Egyptian-brokered efforts to reach a long-term truce.

Israel resumed its assassination of wanted men in the Palestinian enclave Sunday, after a years-long lull. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the army to continue its “massive attacks” in Gaza and bolster forces near the coastal strip. Two brigades were sent toward the border and another was ordered to prepare to join them.

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With Israeli elections two months away, rocket barrages from Gaza are disrupting the lives of 1 million residents “I’m in favor of targeted killings ,” Mofaz told Army Radio on Monday. “It is a policy that led Hamas Hamas dismissed the threat of targeted killings as “psychological warfare,” and its political

Israel ’s assassination of a senior Palestinian resistance commander has opened the floodgates of reaction, with Palestinians and their allies Hazem Qassem, spokesman for Islamic Jihad’s fellow Gaza -based resistance movement of Hamas, called Israel ’s targeted killing a “continuation of Israeli

Gaza militant groups, who want Israel to do more to improve conditions in the blockaded coastal strip, threatened to send rockets deeper into Israel as important dates on the calendar approach. Israel commemorates its memorial and independence days this week, and militants have vowed to ruin the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv in mid-May.

“Hamas believes this is perfect timing to try to put more pressure on Netanyahu,” said Mukhemer Abu Sada, a political scientist at Gaza’s Al-Azhar University.

Israel’s security cabinet instructed the military Sunday evening to continue striking Hamas and to prepare for continued fighting. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz ordered the temporary suspension of gas flows from the offshore Tamar field “in light of the security situation.”

Targeted Killing

At least 19 Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed since border sniping Friday escalated into an intense confrontation over the weekend. The first assassination target was a Gazan man Israel accused of funneling Iranian money to militant groups, who used it to buy weapons. A Palestinian baby and her pregnant relative were also killed, with each side blaming the other for the fatal strike.

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Israelis in southern Israel spent Saturday night in bomb shelters, as Israeli Iron Dome rockets blazed overhead to intercept rockets and mortars from the Gaza Strip. Israel ’s military said that more than 600 rockets and other projectiles — over 150 of them intercepted by its Iron Dome system

The Israel Defense Forces on Tuesday ordered schools closed in southern and central Israel , including the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, as terror groups in the Gaza Strip began firing dozens of rockets at cities and towns throughout the country in retaliation for the assassination of Palestinian Islamic Jihad

One of the Israeli casualties was killed when militants fired a Kornet guided antitank missile -- one of the most sophisticated weapons in their arsenal -- at his car.

By late Sunday some 600 rockets had been fired into Israel. More than 150 were intercepted by missile defense batteries, but several dozen landed in urban areas where they hit homes, factories and cars.

Israel hit more than 250 targets in Gaza, including military compounds and training camps, naval vessels and weapons facilities. The military said it also destroyed tunnels dug by Islamic Jihad to infiltrate Israel.

Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said security services had foiled a Hamas cyber attack that aimed to disrupt Israeli civilian life. Hamas’s cyber capabilities were very basic, he told reporters, and the army destroyed the building that housed the unit.

Cairo talks

Gaza militant groups had sent delegations to Cairo for talks with truce mediators before the fighting broke out, and those efforts continued Sunday. Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations envoy to the Middle East who has been involved in the mediation bid, called on the sides to “de-escalate and return to the understandings of the past few months before it is too late.”

Ilhan Omar defends Palestinians after terrorists rain down rockets on Israel

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• Israel ’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livini said Hamas had kidnapped Goldin and promised the group would pay a high price. Hamas’s military wing, the al-Qassam brigade, said the Israeli soldier may have been killed by Israeli shelling as the IDF targeted Hamas positions in southern Gaza .

Israel has called on residents of the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes, suggesting a An attack on the northern Gaza Strip hit a centre for the handicapped, killing two disabled women and Hamas unleashed a barrage of rocket fire after issuing a rare warning that it planned to fire at the

For more than a year, Hamas has been sponsoring weekly protests at the border to draw attention to the Palestinians’ plight and deflect popular anger away from Hamas’s own failures and onto Israel. Gaza has been under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade since Hamas wrested control of the territory in 2007, and sanctions imposed by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, which is locked in a power struggle with Hamas, have intensified the strip’s distress.

The two sides have fought three wars since Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007, but have stopped short of a fourth despite repeated confrontations over the past year. Israeli officials have said their priority is to confront Iran’s attempts to entrench itself militarily on Israel’s Syrian border, and don’t want to get bogged down in Gaza.

Iran instigated the latest round of fighting so “Israel will be focusing on Gaza and will not have enough energy to deal with the building of the independent Iranian war machine in Syria,” Israel’s former national security adviser Yaakov Amidror told reporters.

Eurovision Factor

One wildcard is the Eurovision song contest later this month: Canceling the competition -- or holding it under rocket fire -- could harm Israel’s effort to showcase itself as a top-tier tourist destination. That gives militants leverage to press Israel for money or concessions that were discussed after previous rounds of fighting.

Israel is prepared for several days of fighting, but doesn’t necessarily want the situation to escalate further, army spokesman Conricus said.

“Where this will go depends on the level of aggression of Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas,” he said.

(Updates with security cabinet statement and gas suspension in fifth paragraph, death tolls in sixth paragraph.)

--With assistance from Gwen Ackerman.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ivan Levingston in Tel Aviv at ilevingston@bloomberg.net;Saud Abu Ramadan in Jerusalem at sramadan@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Amy Teibel, Michael S. Arnold

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