Monday, March 25, 2019

After the latest Hamas rocket attack, IDF should bring them down once and for all

Another rocket assault was launched by Hamas in Gaza. The IDF's now gathering forces in the south of the country:
After a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip early Monday morning hit a home on Moshav Mishmeret in the Sharon region of central Israel, wounding three, the IDF issued a reserves call-up and was moving forces to the southern front.

IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said that the IDF had placed infantry and an armored brigade under the IDF's Southern Command and had put out an emergency call-up to reservists to bolster the personnel available to operate the Iron Dome rocket defense system and anti-aircraft systems and carry out intelligence work.

"We are ready for a variety of scenarios," Manelis said, stressing that the rocket had been fired from a Hamas position and that Israel was holding Hamas responsible for "everything that happens in the Gaza Strip."

At 5:24 a.m. Monday, the Hamas-manufactured rocket was fired from the area around Rafah in southern Gaza and traveled 120 km. (75 miles) northeast before hitting a home in Moshav Mishmeret. Three of the seven occupants were injured, but the house itself – home to a couple, their children and two grandparents – was wrecked.

The incoming rocket set off a warning siren and the family managed to seek shelter in one of the children's rooms, which had been fortified as a secure space, before it landed in their living room. The grandmother, 60, sustained burns and shrapnel wounds when she ran out to pull the door to the safe room shut. She was listed in moderate condition. The mother of the family and a six-month-old baby were lightly wounded by shrapnel. The rest of the family, including a 12-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy, were suffering from shock but physically unharmed.

The family's dogs were killed in the attack.
The people in the house were very lucky to survive the assault. But it's entirely possible next time will be much worse, and that's why raiding Gaza, arresting terrorists or killing them altogether and dismantling headquarters and cells, would be the best option now that these horrors are flaring up again. The prime minister's cancelled a speech at AIPAC in order to deal with the situation, while his son will be doing speeches instead.

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