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Israel Under Attack As Nearly 1,000 Rockets Intercepted in 38 Hours

Newsweek logo Newsweek 5/12/2021 Anders Anglesey
fireworks in the night sky: Israel has intercepted hundreds of rockets since the conflict escalated on Monday. In this photo, Israel's Iron Dome aerial defence system is launched to intercept a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, above the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, on May 11, 2021. © MENAHEM KAHANA / Contributor/Getty Israel has intercepted hundreds of rockets since the conflict escalated on Monday. In this photo, Israel's Iron Dome aerial defence system is launched to intercept a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, above the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, on May 11, 2021.

Israel has intercepted hundreds of rockets that were fired by Palestinian militants since the region entered its worst state of violence in years.

According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), more than 1,050 rockets were launched at the country since fighting escalated on Monday.

The IDF announced on Twitter that more than 1,050 rockets had been fired across the central and southern regions of the country within 38 hours.

In the tweet, the IDF added: "This. Must. Stop."

Hidai Zilberman, an IDF spokesperson, said its Iron Dome missile defense system had intercepted between 85 and 90 percent of the rockets that had been aimed towards Israel.

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The Israeli military added that around a third of the 210 rockets that were aimed at Tel Aviv and Beersheba had fallen short and landed within Gaza, according to Reuters.

Hamas, which is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S., started firing rockets into Israel following an eruption of violence in the country.

Dozens of people have been killed since Monday when Palestinian militants launched hundreds of rockets into Israel.

According to Haaretz, five people were killed in Israel as in the worst fighting between Israelis and Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza War.

Israelis hid in shelters or hunkered down inside buildings as the Iron Dome intercepted rockets in the sky above.

Another 35 people in Gaza, including 12 children, were killed in Israeli airstrikes, the outlet added.

Zilberman said on Tuesday that Israel had sent 80 fighter jets to carry out operations to cripple Hamas' capabilities to launch rockets from the Gaza Strip, according to The Times of Israel.

Israeli military forces also entered the Jewish-Arab city of Lod on Tuesday night as Mayor Yair Revivo compared the riots there to a "civil war" and the Nazi Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday night that the government had "announced a special state of emergency in Lod."

He added that forces were being sent to "restore peace and order to Lod and all parts of the country as soon as possible."

The recent attacks were triggered after Palestinians clashed with Israeli police at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam.

Israeli police were filmed firing rubber bullets and using stun grenades inside the building itself after Palestinians had thrown bottles and rocks.

Newsweek has contacted the IDF for comment.

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