Fighting between Israel and Palestinian fighters is ramping up.
An Israeli raid killed 11 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus on Wednesday. This prompted Palestinian fighters to launch several rockets in retaliation yesterday. Israel responded shortly after by bombing the Gaza strip. The attacks sent plumes of black smoke rising over one of the targeted locations north of Gaza city. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
No Palestinian group has yet claimed responsibility for launching the rockets.
The Israeli military said its air defense system intercepted five of the rockets, while the sixth fell in an uninhabited area. A Gaza based Palestinian Islamic Jihad group condemned the Israeli military’s raid in Nablus on Wednesday as a “major crime” that the “resistance must respond to”.
The Nablus raid was one of the deadliest Israeli operations in the occupied west bank since the second Intifada or the Palestinian uprising of 2000 to 2005.