Rockets Fly as Gaza Militants Respond to Israeli Shootings

After one Gazan was killed and another shot in  the leg yesterday,  17 Gazan’s were wounded, at least one critically; earlier today when Israeli soldiers indiscriminately fired live rounds into a group of protestors inside the Gaza fence early today. Normally tear gas and rubber bullets are used to disperse demonstrators.This blatant provocation seems to have had its intended effect.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed off-limits to Palestinians.

The “security buffer zone” extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.

According to UN’s OCHA humanitarian agency, 17 percent of Gaza’s total land area and 35 percent of its agricultural land were within the buffer zone as of 2010, directly affecting the lives and livelihoods of more than 100,000 people.

At 9 pm local time one rocket struck the Eshkol region and one hour later another hit the Hof Ashkelon region. 

This comes after the IDF recently deployed an intelligence facility which has now  become operational. It will focus on the Gaza Strip, and will have the ability to supply updated data to soldiers and commanders in real time even while on the battlefield.

After two years of preparation and construction,  the new Gaza Division’s Intelligence Center will be able to absorb all intel on Gaza as it happens which will then enable adjustments on the battlefield in an ongoing real time reaction to unfolding events.

According to the IDF website, the new center contains a database of information relating to the Gaza Strip, from both past and present, which will be continuously  updated, and will be available to the commanders of IDF field units. 

While Netanyahu has warned repeatedly of war, and the news has indicated the potential for an imminent invasion of Gaza over and over, it is final preparations like this that have delayed the conflict. 

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