IDF tanks heading toward the Gaza border – Minister hints ‘rules of the game have changed’
Residents in southern Israel posted on social media photos and videos of IDF tanks and military hardware heading toward the Gaza border.
In a video displaying Muslim terrorists preparing missile launchers, Hamas terror group military wing al-Qassam Brigades threatens the government in broken Hebrew, “not to ‘misread’ us”.
The security cabinet met in Jerusalem for about five and a half hours last night, to discuss the latest developments in the south after yesterday’s rocket hit in Beer Sheva.
After a night of calm, the IDF and Security Cabinet decided to lift restrictions imposed on the Gaza border communities. School classes held as normal and limitations on gatherings withdrawn.
The Cabinet ministers were instructed not to provide interviews to the media regarding the content of the discussion.
Housing Minister Yoav Galant said “I am not commenting on the content of the cabinet discussions, but I can say one thing very explicitly – the rules of the game are about to change. We will no longer accept the fire terrorism and terror on the border fences.”
A rocket alert siren went off at 3:39am on Wednesday in Beer Sheva and surrounding towns in the Negev region, following which a rocket hit a house, breaking through two floors of concrete.
Seven Israelis were treated for shock after the attack, including a 39-year-old mother and her three children aged 9, 10, and 12, who were in the house when it was hit. In addition, three people were taken to the Soroka Medical Center in the city suffering from light bruising sustained when falling as they were running for shelter.
Another long-range rocket fired overnight landed in the sea near Tel Aviv.
Additional rocket sirens sounded in southern Israel communities around 8:30 a.m. The IDF said it had struck a group of Muslim terrorists that attempted to fire a rocket towards Israel and that the sirens were activated during the incident.
The rocket attacks are blamed on fringe elements of Hamas, who are opposed to the ‘moderate’ line of the terror group leader Yahya Sinwar and seem to be aimed to embarrass the Hamas leadership as Egyptian intelligence officials arrived for fresh talks in Gaza.
The rocket fired at Beer Sheva was particularly powerful with a modified heavy warhead. Only the major terror groups in Gaza have such capability, signaling a split between political and armed wings of Hamas.
Additional strikes were carried out on a terror tunnel in Zeitun and a naval tunnel west of Khan Younis. Israeli fighter jets bombed a number of weapons factories, military bases and other facilities connected to Hamas’s tunnel-building efforts.