Hamas and Hezbollah Coordinate Missile Attacks On Israel, As Hamas Turns Down Hostage Deal

by Micha Gefen

Hezbollah shot a barrage of 30 rockets down on Israel’s Northern city of Kiryat Shmona today and a short while later Hamas carried out a large cross border attack on IDF forces in Kerem Shalom.

Besides a direct hit on a house, injuring a 65 year old man, the rockets caused power outages, damaged cars and an ambulance. Kiryat Shmona has been bombarded by rockets since October 8th, when Hezbollah opened a second front against Israel.

The mayor of Kiryat Shmona commented on today’s attack, which was one of the most intense since the war started:

“Those who have been talking about a cease-fire and an agreement between Israel and Hezbollah in recent days received a crushing answer today about the value of talks and agreements with terrorist organizations.
The latest barrage launched in the afternoon towards Kiryat Shmona caused great damage and direct hits on destroyed houses. Imagine what would happen if there were families with children in those houses. So that we stop seeing these sights, I call on the Israeli government to start doing what is good for the Jews and not what the gentiles want.
Anyone who thinks that the residents of Kiryat Shmona will return to the city to be ducks on the range is seriously mistaken. If there is no clear decision, Kaplan’s demonstrations will be child’s play compared to what we are planning soon.”

This morning’s attack in the North appears to be coordinated with Hamas, as the latter fired a mortar assault on IDF troops in Kerem Shalom crossing around the same time. Hamas’ attack on the IDF and humanitarian aid staging area comes just after Hamas effectively turned down the hostage agreement with Israel - demanding an end to the war.

The IDF stated. “Following the sirens that sounded in the area of Kerem Shalom, approximately 10 projectile launches were identified crossing from the area adjacent to the Rafah Crossing toward the area of Kerem Shalom. The Kerem Shalom Crossing is currently closed to the passage of humanitarian aid trucks.”

Hezbollah continues to fire more rockets as Israel evacuates wounded from both areas. The IDF has now announced 65 more rockets have been fired at Kiryat Shmona and the surrounding areas.

Will today’s two front assault and Hamas’ clearly coordinated refusal to accept the hostage deal as is finally trigger the IDF to invade and liberate Rafah from Hamas’ rule?

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