May 11, 2021 16:42 UTC
  • Hamas targets illegal Zionist settlements in massive rocket attack; raids to grow in scale

The armed wing of Palestine’s Hamas Islamic resistance movement has staged a massive rocket launch against the occupied territories, with attacks expected to still grow in scale and extent.

The Palestinian Information Center reported on Tuesday that the barrage targeted the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon that lie to the north of the Zionist-blockaded Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip, which is run by Hamas.

The rocket launch saw as many as 137 of the projectiles being flown towards the cities in just five minutes, the Hamas’ branch said.

“In response to the enemy’s action to target the houses and members of the resistance, we staged the biggest-ever attack against” the cities, it noted.

The regime’s so-called Iron Dome missile system reportedly intercepted some of the rockets, but some directly hit the buildings in the targeted areas.

Earlier, the Israeli air force took areas in the north and south of the Gaza Strip under fire, martyring at least 26 Palestinians, including nine children.

The bloodletting was the worst to hit the enclave in a relatively long period of time. It came amid the occupying regime’s early Ramadan-present brutal crackdown on Palestinian worshipers in the holy city of al-Quds and its attempts to force Palestinians out of the city’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

The coastal sliver’s resistance factions have announced “Operation al-Quds Sword” in retaliation for the Israeli aggression in al-Quds. They have specified the city’s liberation from Israeli occupation as the goal of the operation.

Before the Tuesday strike against Ashdod and Ashkelon, the groups fired hundreds of rockets against the occupied territories, some flying as far as al-Quds itself.

 ‘We stand up for our people as long as aggression persists’

Hamas’ Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the group’s struggle was to last as long as the aggressor kept up its atrocities.

He mentioned the enemy’s efforts is to break down the resistance’s will or change the equations that the resistance has imposed on it, were all doomed to fail.

Barhoum noted that the occupier was suffering from various challenges that it was trying to evade by projecting them onto the Palestinians, adding, however, that the movement would keep standing right by the Palestinians’ side.