Israel’s prime minister says the military operation won’t stop until militant rocket fire out of Gaza stops. The region is now seeing its heaviest fighting in more than a week. Michal Bardaviv reports from Tel Aviv.
Since the collapse of the truce on Tuesday, Palestinian sources reported 22 people were killed and over 100 wounded in Israeli strikes in Gaza, while Israeli defense forces reported over 140 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel, across southern cities but also into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The Iron dome intercepted many of those rockets, including the ones that reached Tel Aviv. Rocket sirens were heard in different cities throughout the day.
Gaza airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas leaderIsrael’s prime minister says the military operation won’t stop until militant rocket fire out of Gaza stops. The region is now seeing its heaviest fighting in more than a week. Michal Bardaviv reports from Tel Aviv.
It was reported that Israel made an attempt to assassinate, Hamas Military chief Mohammed Deif, however Hamas announced it had failed. Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets into Israel, while Israel carried out numerous airstrikes across Gaza. One airstrike on a Gaza City house killed Deif’s 7-month-old son and one of his wives.
Deif has survived multiple assassination attempts, lives in hiding and is believed to be paralyzed from previous attempts on his life.
Abu Obeida, the spokesman for Hamas’ military wing, said Israel was “unable to get to our commander Deif,” adding that he will “lead the army that will enter to liberate the holy al-Aqsa mosque” in Jerusalem.
Asked whether Deif had been targeted, Netanyahu said, “The leaders of terror organizations are legitimate targets. No one is immune.”
The house belonged to a family of known Hamas supporters. In footage taken after the strike, rescue workers were seen searching for survivors in the rubble where the building once stood.
Thousands of people attended the funeral for Deif’s family, with a relative carrying the body of his son, shrouded in a white burial cloth. Mourners chanted “revenge” during the procession.
Author of “Power and willpower in the American future: Why the U.S. is not destined to decline” and professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University, Dr. Robert Lieber joined CCTV America’s Mike Walter to discuss the crisis in Gaza.