- Wie die israelische Armee mitteilt, griff Hamas auch eine Anlage im Erdgassektor Mari-B im östlichen Mittelmeer an. Die Anlage befindet sich 24 Kilometer von der Stadt Ashkalon entfernt, derzeit dem Hauptziel der Raketen-Attacken.
- Im folgenden Text berichtet die seriöse Tageszeitung “Jerusalem Post” von Raketen-Angriff auf die küstennahe Anlage. Diese seien alle gescheitert. Kein Geschoss habe Schaden angerichtet.
- Spannend ist der Hinweis auf einen Abwehrerfolg der israelischen Luftwaffe: Diese habe an der Gazaküste den Versuch vereitelt, ein unbemanntes Gefährt ins Meer zu wassern, dessen Ladung Mari-B zerstören sollte. Beim Gefecht seien mehrere Terroristen getötet worden.
Es folgt die Analyse der Jerusalem Post im Original:
Both rockets and suicide drones were used to hit Israel’s strategic assets
Hamas fired rockets toward Israel’s gas installations in the Mediterranean after launching attacks from Gaza last Monday, causing them to be placed on their lowest level of functioning, though none of the rockets came close to reaching the installations.
Israel has several gas installations, with the Tamar gas field’s production platform standing just 25 kms. off the coast of southern Israel.
In May 2019, during another violent confrontation, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad launched 690 rockets and mortars at Israel in under 48 hours, prompting Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz to suspend natural gas supplies from the Tamar field.
During the past week of rocket attacks Hamas has targeted the country’s gas installations, prime strategic assets. with both rockets and drones.
On Monday the IAF targeted a car near the beach in the northern sector of the Strip inside which were operatives as well as an autonomous submersible naval vessel belonging to Hamas.
“We recognized preparations for a maritime attack,” IDF spokesman Brig-Gen. Hidai Zilberman said, adding that the maritime vessel had been brought down to the beach and was being prepared to carry out “a terror attack in Israeli waters” when it was struck and totally destroyed. Several operatives who had been in the car were killed.
Apart from the threat to the offshore gas installations, more than 90% of Israel’s imports arrive via the Mediterranean. Protecting these vital sea lanes is not easy. While the country’s navy is relatively small compared to other IDF corps, it has a significant amount of territory to protect from the Islamists’ growing naval prowess.
Since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, both Hamas and PIJ have significantly expanded their naval units, which now include naval commandos, jet skis, autonomous submarines, explosive commando ships, precision drones.
In the latest round of fighting, the Israeli Navy has carried out dozens of attacks against targets belonging to Hamas and PIJ, including the targeted killings of three senior Hamas frogmen. It has destroyed eight warehouses containing naval weaponry, 10 Hamas naval posts, 22 vessels and more.