The Israeli military said the strikes were in retaliation to rocket fire launched towards Israeli territory from the Palestinian enclave
Israel dropped several bombs on targets in Gaza during the middle of the night; explosions could be seen lighting up the sky from miles away.
The IDF claimed that the bombardment was in retaliation to the “terrorist rocket-fire towards Israel” earlier in the day.
Purported videos of the airstrikes showed at least two explosions in the distance.
Gaza this night. 2022. pic.twitter.com/FIM1eOBsAS
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I'm hearing reports that Israel has started the new year by bombing Gaza. pic.twitter.com/FfFTHJ42MR
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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) took responsibility for the attacks, insisting that they targeted facilities run by Hamas, namely, a rocket manufacturing site and military posts “used for terrorist activity.”
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The city of Khan Ynis in southern Gaza came under heavy Israeli fire, according to reports indicating that 10 missiles were fired into the city. The Jerusalem Post reported that the Israeli military also targeted sites in northern Gaza.
In addition to aerial bombardment, Israeli tanks fired at the border fence.
The large-scale attack carried out by Tel Aviv on the first day of the new year was in retaliation to two rocket launches from Gaza, the IDF said. The Palestinian rockets failed to reach their targets and fell off the coast of the Mediterranean, requiring no interception or warnings to the public.
IDF strikes in Gaza are a routine occurrence, and Israel frequently justifies the attacks as retaliatory measures. The raids, however, have been criticized as disproportionate, with Tel Aviv possessing much more sophisticated weaponry than that of their Palestinian opponents, and with the majority of Hamas rocket attacks against Israel either missing their targets or being intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system – which is partially funded by US taxpayers.
Palestinian civilians, including women and children, are frequently casualties of IDF attacks. In just one strike in May, the IDF killed at least 42 Palestinians, including 16 women and 10 children.