Tel Aviv: The terrorist organisation of Hamas, which has been receiving extensive military and financial assistance from Iran and Turkey, has hit border regions of Israel with rocket attacks. Israel has responded to the attacks with strong retaliation, where a few Hamas sites are said to have been destroyed. The media has reported that leaders of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad met in the Iranian capital Tehran as the Israeli forces were striking the Gaza strip.
According to the claims of the Israeli military, two rockets were fired from Gaza near the city of Ashdod. Although there were no causalities reported, it had sparked panic to some extent in the border areas of Israel. The Israeli military initiated counter-attacks on Gaza after the Hamas attacks, where Israeli fighter jets, helicopters and tanks were used. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have informed they had destroyed the Hamas tunnel network at Gaza. The Israeli attacks continued till Sunday morning on the cities of Rafah, Khan Yunis and Beit Hanoun. After that, Israel issued an alert to its defence systems.
Hamas has not responded in any way to Israeli action. However, senior leaders of terrorist Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups had met a few hours before the Israeli attacks. Iranian media have reported that they concurred on destroying the Israeli settlements in West Bank and opening a front against Israel. Baha Abu al-Ata, a senior commander of Gaza’s Islamic Jihad, was killed in an Israeli operation a year ago. Therefore, Islamic Jihad is believed to have launched the attacks to avenge the death.
In the past five months, Hamas has deepened cooperation with Iran and Turkey. Until now, Hamas and Iran shared strong ties. Nevertheless, in the past few months, Hamas prioritised its relations with Turkey. The terrorist group activated a cyber command in Turkey and has enjoyed extensive assistance from the Erdogan regime. Moreover, the Israeli army chief has voiced fears over Hamas likely using the cyber command for launching cyber-attacks on Israel and nations in the Middle East.