An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement has apparently taken hold between Israel and the Gaza terror groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, after 3 days of fighting. The fighting began on Friday, when terrorists fired at IDF troops from Gaza, wounded 2 soldiers. The IDF retaliated with airstrikes at Gaza terror targets that killed 2 terrorists.
Since then, over 700 rockets and missiles were fired from Gaza into Gaza, killing 4 Israelis. Israeli forces hit over 350 targets in Gaza, killing 23, including a high ranking Hamas commander (in a targeted strike). IDF troops continue to mass at the Gaza border in preparation of a continuation of the fighting.
The Israeli killed were:
Pinchas Menachem Prezuazman, 21, was killed by shrapnel when a rocket fired from Gaza struck a building in Ashdod Sunday evening. He leaves behind a wife and a 1.5-year-old infant. He was a member of the Gur hasidic community. Three others were also injured by the shrapnel.
Moshe Feder, 68, father of 2, from Kfar Saba was killed when his vehicle was struck by an anti-tank rocket fired from Gaza that was aimed at a busload of soldiers. Moshe Agadi, 58, the father of 4, was killed in a rocket strike in Ashkelon and Ziad Alhamamda was killed when a rocket struck a factory in Ashkelon.
Scores of Israelis were injured in the rocket barrages.
US President Trump tweeted, “Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. We support Israel 100% in its defense of its citizens…To the Gazan people — these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery. END the violence and work towards peace – it can happen!”
The EU condemned the rocket attacks against Israel.
[Today’s summary was taken from a variety of news sources including YNET, Israel National News, and Globes]