JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel filed an official complaint with the United Nations over recent rocket attacks from Gaza.
Last week’s rocket and mortar attacks included the launch of a long-range rocket at the Israeli town of Ofakim, causing damage to property and livestock; two Kassam rockets; and seven mortars, some of which reportedly contained white phosphorus.
"These attacks reflect the continued buildup of arms and munitions by Hamas and other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip," Meron Reuben, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, wrote in a letter sent to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "These latest incidents — a clear violation of international law — demonstrate the acute security threats facing Israel on a daily basis.
"These attacks must be met with the firmest possible condemnation. Furthermore, in response to the attacks from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Israel exercises and will continue to exercise its right to self-defense, as appropriate, and will take all necessary measures to protect its citizens."
Last Friday, before the letter of complaint was delivered, Israel’s military attacked Gaza twice, bombing smuggling tunnels in southern Gaza.