Turkey lets Hamas plan terror; Israel cracks terrorist cell: Israel Update
December 20, 2019
Turkey is permitting senior Hamas operatives to plot attacks against Israel from Istanbul, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosts the leaders of the terrorist group, according to a report by the Telegraph. Transcripts of Israeli police interrogations with suspects show that senior Hamas operatives are leveraging Turkey’s largest city to direct their operations in Jerusalem and the West Bank, including an assassination attempt earlier this year on the mayor of Jerusalem. In 2015, Turkey agreed to a US-brokered deal with Israel aimed at preventing Hamas from planning attacks from its soil, but has consistently failed to honor the agreement.
Israeli aircrafts struck numerous Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, early Thursday, in direct response to a rocket fired hours earlier by Palestinian militants. The Israeli military said the Iron Dome defense system quickly intercepted the rocket, which was heading toward the city of Sderot in southern Israel. Two hours later, successive airstrikes targeted militant sites in Gaza City. The Israeli military issued a statement saying that the target was "a Hamas weapons manufacturing site." There were no reports of injuries.
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