On August 8 and 9, 2018, there was a fifth round of escalation between Hamas and the IDF. Hamas and the other terrorist organizations fired about 180 rockets and mortar shells at Israeli territory. The IDF responded with extensive attacks on Hamas’ infrastructure and assets. During and between the rounds of escalation (end of May to August 9, 2018), more than 610 rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory. At the same time, contacts have been held to reach an agreement between the sides, mediated by Egypt and the UN envoy to the Middle East, so far without result.
Rocket and mortar shell fire during and between the broad-scale rounds of escalation
The five rounds of escalation so far: three major rounds (150-180 rockets and mortar shells) and two intermediate rounds (9-45 rockets and mortar shells). Between the rounds there was intermittent fire (2-7 rockets).
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