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Rocket fire targets northern and central Israel


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FDD Long War Journal

Seth Frantzman

December 21, 2023

Hamas in Gaza fired several large barrages of rockets at Israel on December 21 as Hezbollah in Lebanon targeted the northern Israeli community of Avivim with anti-tank missiles. While most civilians have been evacuated from border communities, this attack by Hezbollah still managed to cause damage to Avivim. The rocket fire from Gaza did not cause any casualties, but it does mark an increase in rocket fire following a day and a half of relative quiet.

The rocket fire came amid discussions of another possible pause in fighting and hostage deal between Israel and Hamas. While discussions about a potential deal increased in the last five days, reports on December 21 said that Hamas rejected a deal for a weeklong ceasefire because they want a longer pause. The last pause in fighting from November 24 to December 1 ended when Hamas violated the agreement and resumed rocket fire.

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In northern Israel, in addition to the anti-tank missiles fired at Avivim, there were several rocket launches. The IDF said that an aircraft struck Hezbollah infrastructure overnight between December 20 and 21. A more complex series of clashes between Israel and Hezbollah developed during the day on December 21. “A number of launches toward the areas of Dovev, Avivim, and Har Dov in northern Israel were identified earlier today. In response, the IDF struck the sources of the fire,” the IDF noted. “Two Israeli civilians were lightly injured as a result of the launches toward the area of Dovev. In addition, a number of launches toward the area of Arab al-Aramshe were identified, which did not cross into Israeli territory. In response, an IAF aircraft struck the terrorist cell who carried out the launches,” the IDF said. A number of drones were also used by Hezbollah on December 21. The numerous incidents reflect an escalation in the north that also coincided with Hamas rocket fire from Gaza targeting Ashdod, Ashkelon and central Israel. The rocket fire occurred in two salvos over a five minute period.

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TBN Israel's Yair Pinto reports from the frontlines of the Israel-Gaza War while on active duty with the IDF. Pinto reports on a surprise attack conducted by Israeli forces in Khan Yunis on a Hamas power center as the IDF continues to bolster its forces in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Pinto also reports on recovered financial information of Hamas, detailing its expenses to build its terrorist infrastructure rather than help the Palestinian people. Stay up-to-date with the latest developments here on TBN Israel.

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