Israeli media reported that the Israel Defense Force (IDF) attacked the Palestinian militant organization Hamas on the morning of August 13th.
Israeli fighter jets, helicopters, and tanks attacked underground infrastructure, observation posts, and a military compound.
The IDF said these attacks were carried out in response to the launching of incendiary balloons into Israel from Gaza over the past several days, and that “Hamas bears responsibility for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip.”
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz instructed on the same day to halt fuel transfer to Gaza. This is expected to worsen the power shortage for the Palestinian residents.
According to the Times of Israel, dozens of incendiary and explosive balloons were launched from Hamas bases into the southern region of Israel, causing fires in more than 80 locations.
Approximately 200 million Palestinians reside in the Gaza Strip bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
Hamas pushed Fatah, a Palestinian political party, out of Gaza in 2007 and has been ruling the strip individually ever since. But Israel labels Hamas as a terrorist organization and has carried out containment policies against the Gaza Strip, resulting in economic hardships for the Palestinians there, including severe unemployment.
Source: Yonhap News
“[Abraham], contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”
Lord, Israel attacked the Gaza strip and announced to halt fuel transfer in response to Hamas’ incendiary balloon attacks.
Lord, have mercy on these two nations who are suffering continuously from this conflict that neither politics nor war can truly resolve. Convict the politicians so that they would rule with justice and compassion. Break the vicious circle of hatred, violence, and oppression, and stop the pointless bleeding and death in this land.
Lord, You chose Abraham to be the Father of faith for all nations. May Israel and Palestine, the descendants of Isaac and Ishmael, Abraham’s sons, finally reunite through the gospel.
Set these nations free from the scheme of Satan, who made them into enemies through the deception of nationalism. Lead them to come before the cross, so that they would love each other, worship in joy, and serve the nations together.
Lord, pour out the same Holy Spirit upon the brothers and sisters of Palestine and Israel who are rising up with confessions to follow Jesus. Send them out to preach the gospel to all nations, just as You have commanded. Raise them into the last disciples who will reject the world and faithfully prepare the way of Your return! Amen!