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Israel Retaliates After Gaza Rocket Attacks
Israel Retaliates After Gaza Rocket Attacks - Jerusalem Prayer TeamThe Israeli Air Force struck targets in Gaza early Wednesday in response to Palestinian rocket attacks against the Israeli coastal town of Sderot. Earlier, Israeli planes bombed Palestinian strongholds in Gaza after similar rocket attacks on Tuesday. The air force bombings marked the first Israeli attack on Gaza since an informal cease-fire was signed between Jerusalem and Hamas last November after an eight-day mini-war over similar rocket attacks dubbed "Pillar of Defense.”

Commenting on the air strikes, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said his country won’t allow Palestinian militants to attack southern Israel from Gaza. "We will not allow shooting of any sort (even sporadic) towards our citizens and our forces,” he said in a statement, adding that he holds Hamas responsible for all rocket attacks from Gaza, which it has governed since 2007. According to the Israeli military, five rockets have been fired in the past day, with three hitting Israel and the other two exploding prematurely inside Gaza.

The militant Mujahadeen Shura Council took responsibility for the attacks against Israel, calling them a response to the death of a Palestinian inmate in an Israeli jail on Tuesday morning. The death of Maysara Abuhamdia from cancer sparked violence among Palestinian security prisoners, which then spread to East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Rocket fire from Gaza has decreased since November’s Pillar of Defense campaign, but there have been sporadic attacks. Just two weeks ago, four rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza, coinciding with President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel.

During the eight days of violence in November, about 1,500 rockets were fired at Israel, including the first from Gaza to hit the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas. Six Israelis were killed and dozens wounded in those rocket attacks. In response, Israeli airstrikes caused considerable damage and killed 169 Palestinians – many of them militants.

In response to the latest attacks, Israel’s chief military spokesman, Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai said Israel "will not tolerate” returning to the days before the fighting in November when Palestinian rocket attacks were common. "Our goal,” he told Israel Radio, "is to keep southern Israel quiet.”

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