On Tuesday, rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip. On Wednesday morning, the Israeli air force responded with counterattacks.
Smoke and flames after Israeli attack on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/reuters
Israel’s air force attacked targets of Gaza’s ruling Hamas early Wednesday after rocket attacks by Palestinian militants. "Some ten terror targets were hit, including a weapons and explosives workshop and a military facility used by the Hamas terror organization for training purposes as well as missile drills," an army statement said.
A total of 13 rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip, it said. Eight of them were intercepted by the missile defense system, it said.
The rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip had begun on Tuesday evening, while Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain sealed their rapprochement. Two people were injured. Just two weeks ago, the Islamist Palestinian organization Hamas announced a ceasefire with Israel after mediation by Qatar.
The new missile alert coincided with the end of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the White House in Washington. He was there attending a ceremony to seal the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain. Earlier, hundreds of people had demonstrated in the West Bank and Gaza Strip against the countries’ rapprochement with Israel.
Palestinians feel betrayed
The Arab states have so far pursued the approach of making the resolution of the conflict with the Palestinians a condition for normalizing relations with Israel. This focus has shifted among some Arab states, especially in the Gulf region, because they feel threatened by Iran. The Palestinians, in turn, feel betrayed by the actions of the UAE and Bahrain.
Hamas leader Ismail Radwan spoke Tuesday of a "black day in the history of the Emirates and Bahrain, which signed a shameful agreement with the occupying power under U.S. auspices."