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Israel on High Alert Amid Dramatic Escalation

September 11, 2019 Update:

For the second straight day, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired rockets at Israelis. Three rockets were fired at Israeli communities—one damaging a home. Families in southern Israel rushed to bomb shelters. Later in the day, more incoming rocket sirens sounded in southern Israel. With reports of at least five more rockets fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli communities, Israeli families were forced to once again to take shelter.

September 10, 2019 Update:

Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel. Rocket sirens went off in Ashkelon and Ashdod. The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted the two rockets.

September 6, 2019 Update:

Five rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards communities in southern Israel.

September 1, 2019 Update:

An anti-tank missile was fired from Lebanon towards a community in northern Israel.

August 27, 2019 Update:

Four more mortars were fired from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel, leading the IDF to strike a Hamas terror post in response.

Iran is orchestrating terrorism throughout the Middle East, targeting Israeli and American interests. In August, Israel was forced to defend its citizens against Iranian-backed terrorism in Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

Israel Thwarts "Killer Drones" Attack in Syria

On August 24, the Israeli Air Force—using fighter jets supplied by the United States—destroyed Iranian drones in Syria that were being armed with explosives for a “large scale” attack against Israel. The “kamikaze” attack drones required a “major operation effort” by Israel’s military to defend Israel and its citizens.

According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Israel had monitored the plot for several months and prevented Iran from making an “advanced attempt” to execute the same plan earlier in the week. Late Saturday night, Iran again tried to carry out the same attack.

The preventative Israeli strike targeted “a number of terror attacks and military facilities belonging to the Quds force, as well as Shiite militias” in the town of Aqrabah, southeast of Damascus, according to military spokesman Jonathan Conricus.

Hours later, two drones—one armed with explosives—hit a Hezbollah media center in the southern suburbs of Beirut.

Images from the scene of the two drones that crashed reveal the unmanned aerial devices were manufactured in Iran and not in Israel. The same type of drones have been used by Iranian allies—Shiite Houthi rebel groups—in Yemen and during attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Drone that crashed in Beirut (Source: Ynet)

Later Sunday, August 25, a commander with an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq was killed by a drone strike in the western Iraqi town of al-Qaim.

Israelis Face Another Barrage of Rocket Fire

Following a series of attacks on Israel a week prior, in which five rockets were fired at Israeli communities over a period of 6 days, Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired three more rockets at southern Israel at night on August 25, sending thousands of Israeli families into bomb shelters.

Iron Dome intercepted two incoming projectiles. A third rocket exploded next to the Route 34 highway sparking a fire.

Rocket sirens could be heard in the town of Sderot and the surrounding smaller communities. The barrage interrupted the Sderot Live music festival.

Shrapnel from an Iron Dome interceptor missile struck an empty building in Sderot, causing a small explosion and damage to the structure.

In response to these rocket attacks, Israeli aircraft struck several terror targets belonging to Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Palestinians continued to engage in violent protests along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. On Friday, August 23, 8,500 Palestinians took part in some of the largest and most violent riots in recent months. Rioters have thrown explosives, grenades and Molotov cocktails at Israeli troops.

A Palestinian throws a teargas canister at Israeli soldiers (Source: The Times of Israel)

Iranian attacks also threatened the United States. On Saturday, August 24, Iran threatened to take action against the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)—a D.C.-based think tank.

Type: News