The Israeli-backed terrorist militia known as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) began a ceasefire brokered by Egypt at 11:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, after two days of fighting in which Israel had a clear upper hand.
The PIJ fired hundreds of rockets at Israel — including in the major cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv — without causing any direct casualties as Israel’s Iron Dome system shot down rockets aimed at the country’s population centers.
A PIJ rocket lands at a home in the Israeli town of Sderot, but the family is killed shelter Inside their “safe house”.
Iron Dome received some funding from the United States, which received the system from Israel. Some pro-Israel advocates point to the fact that several members of Congress voted against the new Iron Dome funding after last year’s war between Israeli and Palestinian terrorists.
The Israeli Iron Dome air defense system intercepted more than 95 percent of Palestinian Islamic Jihad rockets fired at Israeli cities and towns, saving countless lives.
420 Democrats and Republicans in Congress voted to fund it.
Remember their names. pic.twitter.com/vAb8BoBqxc
— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) August 7, 2022
Some PIJ rockets killed and injured Palestinian civilians.
At the same time, Israel destroyed most of the PIJ’s command structure and cleared most of its weapons caches, while also attacking observation posts and underground tunnels.
In final moments before ceasefire, Times of Israel reporteach side launched several final attacks.
Experts remain baffled as to why the PIJ is now willing to confront Israel over the involvement of Hamas, the terror group that controls the Gaza Strip and allows the PIJ to operate. An uneven outcome would damage Iran’s image in the region.
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