Gaza Erupts: Hamas Launches Strike, Israel Promises More Attacks

Owen Poindexter
The tit-for-tat violence between Hamas and Israel erupted in the last 24 hours, as Hamas launched missiles into Israel. Israeli Prime MInister Netanyahu promised retaliation for the attacks.

Following days of attacks in the Gaza region that killed 150 Palestinians, Hamas missiles launched into Israel, killing three civilians. Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum recently criticized Israel for killing civilians:

Targeting civilians is a dangerous escalation that cannot be tolerated. The resistance has the full right to respond to the Israeli crimes.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the attacks and said the army was prepared for a "significant widening" of its Gaza offensive. He characterized Hamas as the attacker and Israel as the attacked:

No government would tolerate a situation where nearly a fifth of its people live under a constant barrage of rockets and missile fire, and Israel will not tolerate this situation.

Israel and Hamas have traded blows in recent days, but the last 24 hours have seen an escalation that has some, such as Israeli politician Michael Lawrence, worried the region is headed for all out war.

Whitehouse spokesman Jay Carney said there is "no justification" for the violence perpetrated by Hamas and other terrorist organizations. And he called on those responsible to immediately stop the "cowardly acts." The U.S., as usual, has Israel's back.

See photos of the embattled Gaza region here.


Photo credit: Reuters