• Wed. May 29th, 2024
Armed Gaza Factions Target US Military Aid Platform

Repeated Assaults

Reports emerging from Gaza reveal continued mortar attacks targeting a $320 million floating platform constructed by the US military. The platform, designed to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid, has faced repeated assaults from unidentified armed factions within Gaza.

Currently at 50% completion, the floating platform aims to alleviate the humanitarian crisis by allowing the transportation of 50-70 truckloads of aid daily. However, mortar fire from armed groups has disrupted construction progress, casting doubt on its operational timeline.

The perpetrators behind the mortar attacks remain unidentified, with speculation pointing towards Hamas or the Islamic Jihad. Despite lacking concrete evidence, the consistent targeting of the aid platform underscores the volatile situation in Gaza.

Western media’s silence on the attacks raises questions about their coverage priorities. While the US Secretary of Defense hinted at a potential conflict with Hamas, specific mention of the mortar attacks remains absent from official statements. Efforts to mitigate the threat to the floating platform are underway, with security measures being reassessed to ensure the safety of personnel involved in its construction. 

Hamas Launches Rockets from Lebanon into Northern Israel 

In a continued escalation of hostilities, the Lebanon branch of Hamas has unleashed over 20 rockets toward northern Israel. The attack targeted an army base near the city of Kiryat Shmona, prompting fears of further violence in the region.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) swiftly responded, intercepting most of the projectiles using the Iron Dome air defense system, with others landing in open areas. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries or damages in the attack.

Hamas’s Lebanon faction, operating under the protection of Hezbollah, has been increasingly active in launching attacks against Israel amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The group claimed responsibility for several assaults on northern Israel, heightening tensions in the region.

Later on, an additional barrage of at least 15 rockets targeted the Upper Galilee region, triggering sirens in nearby communities. Again, there were no reported casualties or damages from this attack.

Israel Targeted Hezbollah Positions in Southern Lebanon

In response to the rocket fire, the IDF has been targeting Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon. Strikes overnight targeted infrastructure in Jabal Blat and buildings used by the terror group in Marwahin. 

Additionally, the IDF hit rocket launching positions and other infrastructure in Rachaya al-Foukhar and Khiam during the afternoon. Israel has issued warnings of potential war if Hezbollah does not withdraw its forces from the border region, where approximately 70,000 people have been evacuated to avoid the fighting. However, Hezbollah has insisted on a ceasefire in Gaza before engaging in substantive discussions with Israel regarding its military presence along the border.

The Path to Ceasefire

Efforts to reach a diplomatic solution have faced obstacles, with France reportedly revising its proposal to end the conflict in northern Israel. Negotiations would subsequently commence on delineating the Israel-Lebanon border and establishing a committee to oversee the implementation of such arrangements to de-escalate tensions and restore stability to the region.

Photo Credit: US Central Command