Israeli military leaders vowed “no restraint” today in a new offensive against the Gaza Strip, pounding targets across the site, including sites near the Rafah border crossing.
Israel claimed 29 sites hit in Gaza and considerable damage, though there have been no confirmed Palestinian casualties. Israeli officials claimed more than 50 rockets fired at southern Israel from Gaza as the pretext, though only two rockets actually landed anywhere near any residential areas, and of those only one caused “light damage.”
Gaza rockets aren’t so rare, but one hitting something is. The Israeli government was virtually inconsolable about the “barbaric” strike, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called for a full scale military conquest of the entire strip.
The latest escalation along Gaza is the largest since November of 2012, when Israel was on the verge of another invasion. Israeli hawks have vowed to continue their strikes on Gaza this time.