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Escalation in Gaza: Palestinian Militants Infiltrate Israel

On Saturday, Palestinian militants in Gaza launched an infiltration operation into southern Israel, escalating the conflict drastically.

In an unprecedented turn of events, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip conducted an infiltration operation into southern Israel on Saturday, marking a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict. 

The militants crossed the border, firing thousands of rockets into Israel, while the ruling Hamas militant group announced the start of a new operation.

Israel Responds to the Infiltration:

The Israeli military responded swiftly by putting the country on high alert and launching airstrikes against targets in Gaza. 

The situation escalated rapidly, with rocket salvos from Gaza setting off continuous air raid sirens as far north as Jerusalem.

Hamas Claims Responsibility for the Aerial Assault:

Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the aerial assault. They asserted that their militants had launched over 5,000 rockets in the initial 20-minute strike.

“We announce Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, and we fired, in the first strike of 20 minutes, more than 5,000 rockets,” stated the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

Background of Tensions and Blockade:

This recent escalation follows weeks of heightened tensions along the volatile Israel-Gaza border and intensified clashes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. 

Israel has maintained a blockade on Gaza since Hamas took control of the territory in 2007. The blockade restricts the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza, severely impacting the region’s economy. 

Israel argues that the blockade is necessary to prevent militant groups from amassing weapons, while Palestinians view it as collective punishment.

Conflict in the West Bank:

Concurrently, heavy fighting has been ongoing in the West Bank, with nearly 200 Palestinians killed in Israeli military operations this year. 

In the northern West Bank, where volatility is high, militants and residents celebrated the news of the rocket barrages.

Ongoing Violence:

The violence in the region has resulted in casualties on both sides. Israeli military raids have targeted militants, but there have also been casualties among stone-throwing protesters and non-combatants. Palestinian attacks against Israeli targets have resulted in over 30 fatalities.

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