Israeli-Palestinian Ground Battle Started

Israeli Defense Forces were fighting Palestinian forces on the ground. They have not yet entered the Gaza strip.

Hamas has fired hundreds of missiles at various Israeli cities (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Yahud, Ashkelon). Israel has responded with hundreds of air strikes and now ground forces. So far there have been over 100 Palestinian deaths and 8 Israeli.

The IDF hit the home of a top Hamas commander, Hamas’s intelligence headquarters, two attack tunnels that came near the security barrier and rocket production and storage sites. Hamas leader Bassem Issa, and other senior military officials were killed in the attacks. Israeli security reported that the head of rocket development and cyber warfare, the head of rocket production and the Hamas engineering chief were also killed.

Over 850 rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel on 12 May. According to the IDF, at least 200 rockets launched by Hamas failed to reach Israel and fell inside the Gaza Strip.

Israel has its Iron Dome anti-missile system which intercepts most Hamas missiles.

Israel’s Iron Dome batteries each have 20 anti-missile missiles. Radar detects rockets and if computers determine that a missile is headed for a populated area then an anti-missile is fired. Each battery has a range of about 45 miles.

The last conflict was in 2014. (2014 Gaza War.) In 2014 there were about 2100-2300 deaths on the Palestinian side and 73 on the Israeli. The conflict lasted seven weeks.

SOURCES- Jerusalem Post, IDF, Wikipedia
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com