Gaza escalation as Israel strikes terrorist leader
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
Today Israel launched a "pre-emptive" military air strikes on Gaza as they targeted a terrorist leader who they say had been planning a major attack near the Egypt border. The Palestinians have confirmed that over a dozen have died including a major terrorist mastermind. The BBC reports:
Israeli air strikes on Gaza have killed at least 12 Palestinians, including a senior militant leader. Zohair al-Qaisi, secretary general of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), was targeted because he was planning an attack, the Israelis said. Another militant was killed with him. The Islamic Jihad militant group said 10 members of its military wing, the al-Quds Brigades, were also killed.
As a result, the Palestinians have fired numerous rockets at Israel since the attack and have vowed revenge for the assassination of al-Qaisi. Instead of waiting for the a terror attack to occur before lashing out, Israel has taken the initiative to take "pre-emptive" action in order to thwart a future attack. The rocket attacks have result from the assassination and there are reports that several dozen rockets have been fired into Israel and it is expected to get worse. The BBC article also reported:
The Israeli military said dozens of rockets had been fired into Israel. A spokeswoman said the rocket attacks had injured at least four people, one seriously. Some of the rockets had been intercepted by Israel's "Iron Dome" anti-missile system, she added. The rockets were apparently fired in retaliation for the killing of PRC leaders. Correspondents say it is one of the worst outbreaks of violence along the Gaza border for several months.
Right now it is too early to predict the final outcome of this current escalation, but as watchers of Bible prophecy we need to keep an eye on this situation as it has the potential to get ugly if it worsens. Stay tuned!
God bless and please pray for the peace of Israel and Jerusalem.