In a bid to minimize exposure of civilian air travel to rocket fire from Gaza, official say incoming passenger flights will now be diverted from Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv to Ramon Airport in the south.
Tines of Israel The decision is meant to broaden the air corridor taken by passenger flights in and out of the country and to minimize the numbers of passenger-filled planes on the ground at any one place in order to lower the chances that rocket fire from Gaza will hit a plane.
Plans for a possible ground invasion of the Gaza Strip will be presented to the IDF General Staff for approval later today.
Australian News Review Gaza ‘facing all-out war’: UN’s grim warning as Israelis and Palestinians vow to ramp-up fighting
The IDF in recent days has deployed additional ground troops to the border — from the Paratroopers Brigade, Golani Infantry Brigade and 7th Armored Brigade — ahead of a potential incursion, but no decision to go forward with such a campaign has been made yet.
Israel on Thursday pressed ahead with a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, killing as many as 11 senior Hamas military figures and toppling a pair of high-rise towers housing Hamas facilities in a series of airstrikes.
But the Islamic militant group showed no signs of backing down and fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli cities, including heavily populated Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Palestinian militants have stockpiled enough missiles to continue bombing Israel for the next two months, security experts have warned, as escalating fighting led the UN to warn of ‘all-out war’.
At least 67 people have been killed in Gaza since violence escalated on Monday, according to the enclave’s health ministry. Seven people have been killed in Israel, medical officials said.
Pleas for calm appeared in vain as Israeli and Palestinian leaders traded blood-curdling threats and further rocket strikes, with a rocket setting off alarms in the north of Israel in the early hours of Thursday morning – some 62 miles North of Gaza – sending thousands of Israelis to shelters.
Israel’s defence minister Benny Gantz vowed more attacks on Gaza to bring ‘total, long-term quiet’ before they would consider truce talks after six days of violence. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his military would only use ‘increasing force’ in the conflict.
‘We eliminated senior Hamas commanders and this is just the beginning,’ he said. ‘We will inflict blows on them that they couldn’t even dream of.’ The leader of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh hit back, vowing that ‘if Israel wants to escalate, we are ready for it’.
Twitter finally takes down Tweets from Hamas leader celebrating rocket attacks against Israel.
Independent Sentinel We have another example of the fraud that Jack Dorsey is perpetrating on the American people. He claims that Donald Trump is too “dangerous” to be on Twitter. Yet, he lets the leader of Hamas celebrate sending more than 1,000 missiles into Tel Aviv.
To be fair, after a great deal of backlash, Twitter did take them down, but only because of the backlash.