As the latest attacks against Israel from Hamas have taken place in Gaza, the U.S. State Department condemned the terrorist group and reaffirmed that Israel has the right to defend itself.
“We are aware of reports of ongoing rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza against targets in Israel,” a State Department official said Monday. “We condemn these attacks and call for their immediate halt. We stand with Israel as it defends itself against these attacks.”
According to the Israeli Defense Forces, more than 400 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel on Monday and early Tuesday amid renewed tensions following the death of an Israeli special-forces soldier, with the Iron Dome missile-defense system intercepting dozens of them, while others have struck Israeli homes and buildings near the border, or have landed in open areas.
In response, the IDF said it has hit 20-plus Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, including terror compounds, observation posts and rocket-launching squads.