Late Monday evening, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) fought back after rockets and missiles were launched into Israel. Between 6 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday, over 200 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.
Thankfully, dozens were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome before they could do optimal damage. According to The Times of Israel, “The military said the Iron Dome had a successful interception rate of over 90 percent of projectiles heading toward populated areas.” While the Iron Dome did intercept most of the rockets, there were many Israeli civilian injuries. The Daily Wire reports an early estimate of 31 civilian injuries. The IDF Spokesperson, Hidai Zilberman said, “That about a third of the rockets fired from inside Gaza ended up landing inside Gaza.”
In an attempt to overwhelm the Iron Dome and cause more civilian casualties, Hamas fired 137 rockets in a five-minute span over the cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod. A total of four people were injured, two being in serious and critical condition. A school was also hit, but no students were present. Residents were told to stay in reinforced areas, and schools within 25 miles of Gaza were ordered to close.
Hamas has announced that they fired A-120 rockets towards Tel Aviv with a range of 120 kilometers.#BREAKING
Rocket from Gaza has damaged the Trans-Israel Pipeline in Ashkelon. pic.twitter.com/dE2VaSKerd
— Zaid Hamid (@ZaidZamanHamid) May 11, 2021
WATCH: Terrorist Rocket Strikes Israel Neighborhood Causing Explosion & Damage
This video footage is from civilians on the ground in Israel right now. May G-d bring peace to Jerusalem! pic.twitter.com/ZZkaNHdGfX
— Benjamin Anthony (@BenAnthony1948) May 11, 2021
The IDF reported that 130 terror targets in the Gaza Strip were struck. There were three stages of the strikes against these targets. The first and second stages were able to hit the Hamas terror organization weapons manufacturing site. This was done by Israeli aircraft, helicopters, and fighter jets. Daily Wire reports, “In the third stage, targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization and the Islamic Jihad were struck, including: weapons manufacturing sites and military facilities belonging to the Hamas terror organization and the Islamic Jihad.”
The IDF was also able to target Hamas battalion commander. The entire operation, dubbed “Operation Guardian of the Walls”, was able to strike more than 100 targets, including Hamas’s intelligence headquarters. As of Tuesday morning, 23 Palestinians were killed, including three children. 15 of the 23 were Hamas terrorists that were launching rockets at Israel. Hidai Zilberman said, “A number of those killed in Gaza, including at least three children, were hit by errant rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists, not by Israeli airstrikes.”
As always, the IDF tries to avoid Palestinian civilian casualties, but Hamas deliberately uses Gaza residents as a human shield and protection. Hamas deliberately places targets in densely populated regions.
Sending a big hug to all of the Israelis running to bomb shelters right now.
We are with you and will continue to protect all of our citizens.
📽️ Tel Aviv under Hamas rocket fire pic.twitter.com/5rcDInfltJ
— Israel ישראל (@Israel) May 11, 2021
According to The Times of Israel, “Hamas military wing issued an ultimatum that it would carry out a massive attack by 2 a.m. if Israel did not vacate its forces from the Temple Mount. It later claimed that it had suspended plans for the attack after police withdrew from the holy site.”
It was never confirmed if Israeli police had left the Mount.
The tensions on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount began on Monday as Palestinian protestors targeted Israeli police and civilians. “Palestinian terror groups have tied the attacks to the unrest in Jerusalem connected to both prayer on the Temple Mount during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and the pending eviction of a number of Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.” In addition to the riots, Hamas fired seven rockets into Jerusalem, though none caused injuries.
Benny Gantz, the IDF Defense Minister, said, “The IDF would continue striking Hamas and other terrorists in the Strip until ‘long-term and complete quiet’ is restored.” The fighting is expected to continue for several days.