On May 6th, Israel was once again in the news for conflict with Gaza, a Palestinian, Hamas-controlled compound. That Saturday, a Gaza sniper had killed two Israeli soldiers and four Palestinians (NY Times). On the following Sunday, Hamas “launched 600 rockets into Israel”, resulting in Israel retaliating with airstrikes into Gaza (CNBC). Israel aimed their airstrike at over 200 militant targets in Gaza and known housing of Hamas officers including an underground rocket manufacturing facility (CNN). According to The New York Times, this measure was “more of a warning to the militant groups in Gaza than a move toward any imminent ground invasion”. Hamas has controlled Gaza since the second intifada in 2001 when there was extreme violence in Israel. Since then, Hamas has been producing rockets which are, according to Boaz Ganor, director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, “more statistical weapons, which means it’s quantity and not quality” (quoted in the Washington Post). Luckily, the Israeli Defense Force managed to intercept many of the rockets from Gaza.
This fighting resulted in the death of Emad Muhammad Nasir, a known affiliate with a Hamas military group. Twenty-five more Palestinians were killed before a cease-fire was orchestrated. The State Department of the United states commented that “Washington fully supported Israel’s ‘right to self-defense against these abhorrent attacks’” (NY Times). This event is especially noteworthy because it is the most extreme amount of fighting that has taken place since the 2014 war between Israel and Palestine. Recently, the Gaza strip has been reopened in response to the cease-fire and the hope is that life in Israel remains peaceful.
Featured Image: Smoke in Gaza after the airstrike (Photo courtesy of CNBC)
By: Eden Osiason, Assistant Editor