On Sunday, the Israeli Cabinet decided to build a new neighborhood close to the Gaza Strip’s border.
There will eventually be 500 households living in the future town of Hanun, which will be situated in the Sdot Negev region.
“The creation of the community is additional proof of the tenacity of [people living in the Gaza envelope] and the might of the State of Israel. According to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “We are happy to strengthen settlement in every area of our territory and to develop the Land of Israel.
In 2020, the proposed neighborhood had already gotten preliminary permission.
Over the past fifteen years, Palestinian rocket fire has often targeted cities, towns, and villages in southern Israel, particularly those close to the border.
As part of its withdrawal from the enclave in 2005, Israel evacuated 8,600 Israelis who were spread across 17 different locations in Gaza.
Soon after, in an internal conflict with the dominant Fatah group of the Palestinian Authority, Hamas took control of the Strip.
Since then, Israel has engaged in four wars with Hamas: in 2008–2009, 2012, 2014, and 2021; in addition, there have been other smaller wars, such as those with Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Over the Gaza Strip, late on Saturday night, Israeli air defense systems shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle.
The IDF did not give any additional information regarding the drone’s operators, and it should be noted that it did not launch any strikes in retaliation for rocket launches or other violations of Israeli land against Hamas military facilities in the Gaza Strip.
Following a rocket launch by Palestinian terrorists earlier in the day on Wednesday, the IDF carried out strikes in Gaza overnight.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed to have attacked a Hamas weapons production facility as well as another one where the terrorist organization produced and stored chemicals used in the creation of missiles.
According to the IDF, twelve more rockets were fired from Gaza as Israeli fighter jets carried out the operations. Eleven of them went off in the open or in midair, and one missed.