Tensions between Israel and Gaza-based terrorists have again heightened, this time as the Jewish state observes Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Terrorists launched incendiary balloons, causing fires to rage in southern Israel. And then, The Times of Israel's Jacob Magid and Judah Ari Gross report, when the IDF responded with strikes on Hamas, rockets were launched into Israeli territory:
Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip launched at least two rockets into southern Israel early Thursday, the military said. The projectiles fell in an open area, and no injuries were reported.
The rocket fire came after Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas base in the northern Gaza Strip around 3:30 a.m. Thursday in retaliation for a wave of balloon-borne incendiary devices that were launched into Israel from the Strip the day before, which sparked at least two fires.
“Earlier today, explosive and arson balloons were launched from the Gaza Strip,” the army said. “In response, overnight, an IDF fighter jet and an IDF aircraft struck a number of terror targets in a Hamas military compound in the northern Gaza Strip.”
The Israel Defense Forces said it held Hamas, the de facto ruler of Gaza, responsible for all violence emanating from the Strip...
As we remember the six million Jewish lives lost because of anti-Semitism more than seven decades ago, let us also pray to God for protection over His people as they still face hatred and violence to this day.