Hamas Steps Up Bombings, Truce Plans in Jeopardy
Update: Reuters reports a ceasefire has been agreed to.
Hamas has stepped up its rocket launches into Israel, firing 80 missles into southern Israel in the past 24 hours. 20 were intercepted, in Ashkelon, Beersheba, Be'er Tuviya, Hof Ashkelon and Ashdod.
Six men accused of being 'Israeli spies' were dragged through the streets of Gaza City and executed in front of a chanting mob today as Israel warned Palestinians to evacuate some areas of the territory in apparent preparation for a ground invasion.
Witnesses said the six were taken to an intersection in the north of the city where they were summarily shot for providing intelligence that helped Israel pinpoint key figures in Hamas and the Islamic Jihad targeted by their warplanes.
Iran claims it has been supplying missiles to Hamas.
Israel continues its attacks on terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. Today, after dropping leaflets warning civilians in the area to get to a shelter, it bombed the Yarmouk sports stadium in Gaza City.
The Israeli military said its targets included the Ministry of Internal Security, which it says served as one of Hamas' main command and control centers, a military hideout used as a senior operatives' meeting place and a communications center.Unless Israel and Hamas decide to stop firing rockets without a truce in place, as they continue to work towards a truce, it seems the attacks on both sides will continue.
Also on Wednesday, the IDF said it bombed more than 40 tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border used by militants to smuggle weapons into the territory. Overnight, Israel carried out more than 30 Israeli airstrikes over Gaza that hit government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office.
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