Israel responds to Gaza rockets with airstrikes, pounds ‘terror tunnel’
US calls for emergency UN Security Council meeting after barrage said to be worst since 2014 war
Following rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel, the Israeli air force struck more than 30 targets in Palestinian territory, according to the defense ministry.
The bombardment included strikes on a “terror tunnel,” which – according to journalist Amichai Stein – stretched 900 meters into Israeli territory.
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) May 29, 2018
Meanwhile, the US called on Tuesday for an emergency UN Security Council meeting in response to the rocket fire, for which Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups reportedly claimed joint responsibility.
“The recent attacks out of Gaza are the largest we have seen since 2014. Mortars fired by Palestinian militants hit civilian infrastructure, including a kindergarten. The Security Council should be outraged and respond to this latest bout of violence directed at innocent Israeli civilians, and the Palestinian leadership needs to be held accountable for what they’re allowing to happen in Gaza,” said US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.