Israel hits Hamas naval targets in response to rocket attacks

Israel hit Hamas naval targets early Thursday morning in response to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

By World Israel News Staff

“In response to the rocket fired from #Gaza to #Israel, we just struck a number of military targets in a Hamas naval facility in the northern Gaza Strip,” the IDF tweeted around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Terrorists launched six rockets into Israel overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning.

“The IDF will continue to counter terrorist attacks and views the Hamas terrorist organization as responsible for anything happening in and out of the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said.

During his visit to Ukraine this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters that he was prepared to carry out a large-scale campaign into the Gaza Strip.

“I’m advancing a broad campaign” against Hamas, he said. “And it will be different from we’ve seen in the past. I can’t detail the preparations, but we are developing a broad campaign and it could be that it will happen.”

The prime minister made his remarks partly in response to criticism from political rivals that he wasn’t doing enough to counter the terror threat from Hamas and other terror groups, which continue to launch rockets at Israeli civilian populations, carry out weekly riots on the border and, recently, have tried to infiltrate into Israel to conduct terror attacks.

Hamas warned this week that violence will escalate unless Israel quickly lets in the monthly $11 million payment that Qatar transfers into the Strip monthly. The terror group also demanded that Israel increase the amount of electricity to the Strip.

Qatar is expected to send the money to Gaza at the end of this week.