Palestinian militants launched rockets towards Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Israeli settlements in the past days, in an escalation of violence in the region that has led to the deaths of at least 33 Palestinians in Gaza and one person in Israel.
Jerusalem has not previously been targeted by rockets in the current hostilities, which began in the previous days.
The al Quds Brigades of Islamic Jihad said in a statement shortly after the rocket fire: “The launching towards Jerusalem is a message, and everyone should understand its purpose. Jerusalem is in front of our eyes, and what is happening there is not separate from Gaza.”
It called the operation “Revenge of the Free.”
Explosions could be heard in Jerusalem amid the persistent cross-border fire that has led to heavy bloodshed in the region, particularly along the strip.
However, while talks to bring about a ceasefire between Israel and Islamic Jihad in Gaza are happening, the destruction is around us.
The rockets’ launch was in response to the Israel Defense Forces strikes on the Gaza Strip, hitting two command centers belonging to senior Islamic Jihad commanders.
One command center was used by senior Islamic Jihad operative Muhammad Abu Al Ata for “the planning and command of terrorist activity against Israel,” the IDF said.
The Islamic Jihad response saw over 1300 rockets launched towards Israel, but one focal point is that over 300 of them fell short in Gaza, destroying the very land they were supposedly meant to protect. At least 4 children were killed, martyrs of an escalation of violence with Israel.
This makes us wonder – can the situation go on this way? Is it normal that our own response to outrageous attacks ends up killing us too? We just can’t take it anymore. The heat is ramping up and under the sun, we just want a government that protects us too.