Israel Bombarded With 90 Rockets in Two Days
Gaza Strip terrorists fired 90 rockets at Israel on Sunday 23 Feb. and Monday 24 Feb. 2020. 90% of those heading toward populated areas were intercepted by the IDF's Iron Dome system. In response, Israel launched multiple retaliatory air raids against Islamic Jihad bases in Gaza, as well as an airstrike on a squad as it was preparing to launch rockets. There was some damage to homes and infrastructure in Israel, and a few Israelis sustained minor injuries while running to bomb shelters. With the latest round of rocket fire, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) is seeking to prevent any long-term agreement between Hamas and Israel. In addition to seeking to conduct a holy war to destroy Israel, PIJ is also motivated by its need for financial assistance from its Iranian sponsors. Tehran has instructed the PIJ and other Iranian proxies to increase their terror activity in the wake of the killing of Revolutionary Guards Gen. Qasem Soleimani by the USA in January 2020.
The EU and Germany on Mon. 24 Feb. 2020 condemned Palestinian Islamic Jihad for firing rockets at Israel. "Indiscriminate firing of rockets on the civilian population is totally unacceptable and must stop," said Emanuele Giaufret, the EU's ambassador to Israel. German Ambassador to Israel Susanne Wasum-Rainer said, "We condemn the rocket attacks by PIJ in the strongest possible terms." Netanyahu said he’d conveyed a message to Hamas that if it did not stop Gaza terrorists behind the attacks, Israel would target Hamas directly. “If you don’t shoot them, we will shoot you. I’m talking about a war,” he said. “I’m not looking for a war. But we have prepared something you can’t even imagine.” Meanwhile, men, women and young children are living in terror and fear. A children's' playground in Sderot suffered a direct hit in the rocket attacks. Air-raid sirens sounded throughout southern Israel. Tentative calm was restored overnight between Monday and Tuesday of this week along the Gaza Strip border, following a two-day clash between the IDF and the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). A spokesman for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad vowed to continue fighting against Israel, shortly after a ceasefire went into effect on Tues. 25 Feb. 2020 ending two days of clashes between Israel and the Gaza-based terror group. (VFI News)
Pray for the wisdom and strategy of all of Israel’s government and military leaders as they deal with unrelenting antagonists, terrorist murderers and riots piloted by Hamas and Hamas related terror groups. Intercede for the protection of IDF soldiers serving on the Gaza border. Please pray for His shield of defense to surround Israel’s southern communities.