New rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel – alarm in the Tel Aviv area
8:52 a.m.: Rocket attacks on Israel by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip continue despite heavy Israeli airstrikes in the Palestinian territory. There was another rocket alarm in the Tel Aviv area on Sunday morning, the Israeli army announced. The Magen David Adom emergency service said there had been no reports of injuries so far. According to the Israeli army, around 7,000 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel since the war began two weeks ago. More than 550 struck the Palestinian territory itself and caused fatalities there.
Israel’s army reports killing of more Hamas terrorists
8:20 a.m.: The Israeli military says it has killed more terrorists from the Islamist Hamas in bombing raids in the Gaza Strip. As the army announced on Telegram on Sunday morning, a member of the Hamas assault unit “Nuchba” (German: Elite) was among those killed in the attacks the day before. “Nukhba” terrorists were among the forces that led the incursion into Israel on October 7. Since the terrorist attack, more than 1,400 people have died in Israel. Since then, Israel’s air force has been carrying out massive bombing raids in the Gaza Strip.
Warplanes attacked dozens of Hamas terrorist targets there on Saturday, some of which were located in multi-story buildings, the Israeli military said. During the day, tunnel shafts, weapons depots and mosques used by Hamas as command centers were attacked, it said.
Israel evacuates 14 more towns in the north of the country
8:07 a.m.: Israel wants to evacuate further towns in the north of the country in view of the escalation of attacks by the Lebanese Hezbollah militia. Defense Minister Joav Galant has approved the evacuation of 14 additional communities, his office said on Sunday. A week ago, Israel declared a four-kilometer exclusion zone in the border area with Lebanon.
Israel began massive air strikes on the Gaza Strip after the massacres on October 7th in Israeli border towns in the south of the country by the Islamist Hamas. Since then, violent incidents have also become more frequent on the border between Israel and Lebanon. There have already been deaths on both sides. Israel has warned Hezbollah against getting further into the conflict.
Syrian airports out of service after attacks from Israel
8:04 a.m.: Israeli strikes have put Syria’s two main airports out of action. Early on Sunday morning, a civilian airport employee was killed and another injured in air strikes on the international airports in Damascus and Aleppo, the Syrian state news agency Sana quoted security sources as saying. “Significant damage to the runways” had led to the suspension of flight operations at both airports, it said.
According to security sources, the “simultaneous” attacks came from the direction of the Mediterranean coast in the west of the country and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. As the Syrian Ministry of Transport announced, flights were diverted via Latakia Airport.
Israel bombs “terror complex” in mosque
7:34 a.m.: The Israeli Air Force says it has bombed a “terror cell” of the Islamist Hamas in a mosque in the West Bank.
There is an underground one in the Al-Ansar Mosque “Terror complex“ the Islamist Hamas and Islamic Jihad were found to have planned another terrorist attack, the military said on Telegram on Sunday night. The mosque is located in the Jenin Palestinian refugee camp. According to unconfirmed media reports, two Palestinians were killed in the attack. The army said the mosque was used by terrorists as a command center for planning and carrying out attacks.
USA increases military presence in the “entire” Middle East
7:21 a.m.: The USA has announced an increase in its military presence in the Middle East. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced on Saturday (local time) the deployment of defense systems and additional troops to the “entire” region. Austin said this was in response to the “recent escalation” by Iran and its allies. Austin did not say how many additional US troops would be stationed in the region.
Accordingly, a THAAD-type missile defense system and several batteries of Patriot surface-to-air missiles are to be stationed in the region. The measure is intended to serve as a deterrent, increase the protection of US forces in the region and contribute to the defense of Israel, it said. The Pentagon chief said he made the decision after discussions with US President Joe Biden.
Israel’s army spokesman warns: Hezbollah is dragging Lebanon into war
Sunday, October 22nd, 6:53 a.m.: The Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah is threatening to drag Lebanon into war with its ongoing attacks against Israel, according to an Israeli army spokesman. “We are seeing more and more attacks every day,” army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said on Sunday morning. The pro-Iranian Hezbollah militia is “escalating the situation” and playing a “very, very dangerous game,” said Conricus, warning Lebanon in clear terms: “Hezbollah is attacking and dragging Lebanon into a war in which it “We won’t win anything, but we’ll lose a lot,” said Conricus.
Israel’s focus has so far remained on the border region in southern Lebanon, where the military is responding to Hezbollah attacks, the army spokesman said. But Lebanon must now ask itself the question and answer it for itself: “Is the Lebanese state really prepared to use what is left of Lebanese prosperity and sovereignty for the benefit of terrorists in the Gaza Strip, for ISIS in Gaza? to bet game?”. Israel’s army compares the Islamist Hamas, which rules in the Gaza Strip, with the terrorist network Islamic State (IS).