Hamas terrorists from Gaza have infiltrated Israel, stolen trucks, and are now in Israeli cities, attacking civilians.
“In the last hour, a massive firing of rockets into Israeli territory from Gaza began, and terrorists penetrated into Israeli territory in a number of different locations,” a statement by the Israeli army social media platform X.
“Hamas … which is behind this attack, will bear the results and responsibility for the events,” it said.
The attack comes as a military wing of Hamas Al Qassam Bridages announced an operation — ‘Al Aqsa Floods’ and fired thousands of rockets in reponse to the ongoing provocations in Al-Aqsa and the treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched dozens of rockets toward Israel early Saturday, setting off air raid sirens across the country and raising the likelihood of a new round of heavy fighting.
The sound of outgoing rockets whooshing through the air could be heard in Gaza and sirens wailed as far away as Tel Aviv, some 70 kilometers to the north, during an early morning barrage that lasted more than 30 minutes. Israel’s Magen David Adom rescue agency said a 70-year-old woman was critically injured when a rocket hit a building in southern Israel. Elsewhere, a 20-year-old man was moderately injured by rocket shrapnel, it said.
Hamas “will face the consequences and responsibility for these events”, an army statement said.
A woman in her 60s was killed “due to a direct hit” in Israel, the Magen David Adom emergency services said.
Fifteen others were wounded, two of them seriously, medics said.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would shortly convene security chiefs over the violence.
– Hamas urges others to join battle –
In a statement posted on Telegram, Hamas called on “the resistance fighters in the West Bank” as well as “our Arab and Islamic nations” to join the battle.
Israel has imposed a crippling blockade on Gaza since 2007 after Hamas took power.
Palestinian militants and Israel have fought several devastating wars since.
The latest fire follows a period of heightened tensions in September, when Israel closed the border to Gazan workers for two weeks.