The Hamas terrorist organization which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007 will continue acting to release all its fighters who are currently imprisoned in Israel, according to the spokesman of its military wing Abu Obeida.
“Two years after the war, the Al-Qassam Brigades still continues to prepare and train for victory,” said Abu Obeidah. “We announce that we will continue operating to release our prisoners and we warn the enemy not to hurt them.”
Abu Obeida made his remarks at a military parade in the Gazan city of Rafah, commemorating a number of leaders of the terrorist organization’s military wing who were killed during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
Abu Obeida claimed that the continued “besiegement” of Gaza by the IDF will not succeed in maintaining calm for Israel’s citizens living in the Gaza Belt communities.
”The enemy’s leadership continues to besiege Gaza,” charged Abu Obeida. “They feel that this will break us. The siege will not prevent the al-Qassam Brigades from developing their abilities and it will not ensure calm.”
“The al-Qassam Brigades warn the enemy of any stupid act it may do,” added Obeida.
“The IDF will continue acting with determination at any time to preserve the security of residents of the State of Israel,” the IDF spokesperson’s unit said after the IDF operation.
Rocket alarms were sounded in Israeli towns around the Gaza Strip on Sunday afternoon. Israeli forces discovered soon afterwards that a rocket fired from Gaza had landed inside the city of Sderot, exploding in the backyard of a family’s home. The explosion resulted in property damage, but not in civilian casualties.
The rocket sirens went off at 2:25 p.m. in Sderot and in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council.
Sderot residents reported that they heard a “faint blast.” Security forces then located the impact site of a single rocket between two residential buildings in the city. They closed off the area and called in bomb technicians to the site.
Israeli communities near Gaza have been instructed to be ready for more rocket fire. Farmers have been ordered to stay at least one kilometer away from the Gaza border.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed the details, adding that the army responded with fire towards two sites used by the Hamas terror organization near Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. A fighter jet fired towards a terror infrastructure site, and another Hamas site was hit by tank fire. Palestinian sources claimed that the IDF strikes caused damage to water tanks and some reports added that one man was injured.
“The IDF will continue acting with determination at any time to preserve the security of residents of the State of Israel,” said a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
The IDF holds Hamas accountable for all attacks originating inside the Gaza Strip, since Hamas’s political wing is the de-facto ruler of the Gaza Strip.
Thousands of rockets were launched at Israeli territory from Gaza during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. The month of violence ended with a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas.
Multiple rocket launching incidents have occurred since the operation. A total of 14 rockets landed in Israel in 2016 according to the IDF, despite efforts ostensibly made by Hamas to preserve the ceasefire. The rockets have reportedly been fired mainly by groups that oppose Hamas and that attempt to challenge its rule of the Gaza Strip.
Rocket and mortar attacks directed at Israeli cities started some 15 years ago, with their quality and range improving over the years. In 2014, some rockets even reached major Israeli cities such as Tel Aviv and Be’er Sheva.