Israel continues to pound Gaza, killing more than 100 people

Tanks and armor

Israel’s military confrontation with the Palestinians is escalating with the blood of civilians flowing: More than a hundred have so far lost their lives in the Palestinian enclave while Israel continues to bombard the Gaza Strip today with air and artillery fire.

During the night, Israeli strikes focused on tunnels allowing Hamas fighters and officials, who have fired hundreds of rockets at him. Israel, to move in the Gaza Strip without being spotted by the cameras of the Jewish state or to cross into Israel to take hostages, as reported by the Israeli army.

Hundreds of Gaza residents have fled their homes due to tank bombings, which have spread along the Israeli-occupied Palestinian enclave and is surrounded by a high-security fence, according to eyewitnesses.

“These bombings were completely absurd, like a video game. It was a real horror movie ” described 16-year-old Muhammad Nazib, a resident of Gaza. “There can never be peace with Israel.”

The Israeli army fired a total of 150 targets overnight, while Hamas fired rockets at southern Israeli cities such as Sderot, Ashkelon and Beersheva.

Tanks and armor

Since the start of the new round of violence on Monday, 119 Palestinians have been killed, including 31 children, in the Gaza Strip and 830 people have been injured, according to the latest report from the local health ministry.

In Israel, the “Iron Dome” air defense system has intercepted about 90% of the 1,800 rockets fired from Gaza this week, and the death toll has risen to eight after the death of an elderly woman who sustained injuries sustained in while trying to reach a shelter. Hundreds of other Israelis have been injured.

On Thursday, the Israeli army gathered tanks and armor along the Gaza Strip. The Ministry of Defense allowed the army to mobilize thousands of reservists.

Shortly after midnight, an army spokesman announced that Israeli troops had entered Gaza before withdrawing and speaks of “a problem in internal communication.”

To the confusion caused were added three rockets which were fired last night from Lebanon to Israel and fell in the Mediterranean, according to the Israeli army. According to a Lebanese army source, the rockets were fired from an area near a Palestinian refugee camp.

The ongoing clashes erupted after Hamas fired rockets at Israel in “solidarity” with more than 700 Palestinians injured in last week’s incidents and on Monday with Israeli police in the Middle East. , an area he illegally occupied in 1967, according to the UN.

The clashes in the square, the third holiest site of Islam, followed days of tension and incidents in East Jerusalem, mainly due to the threat of expulsion of Palestinian families from Jewish settlers.

Second front

The conflict has also strained relations between Arabs and Jews living in several Israeli cities, with violence between the two communities reaching a level unprecedented in decades, according to Israeli police.

Nearly 1,000 members of the border police have been called in to help mixed Israeli cities, where Arabs and Jews live and where riots and exchanges of fire have been taking place since Tuesday. More than 400 people from both communities have been arrested in the last three days.

A man opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon on a group of Jews in Lod, near Tel Aviv, on Thursday night, injuring one person, according to an eyewitness. Police announced last night that a synagogue had been set on fire and 43 arrests had been made.

Groups of far-right Israelis clashed with security forces and Arab Israelis, descendants of Palestinians who remained in their land after the creation of Israel in 1948.

De-escalation efforts

In the face of escalating tensions, the UN Security Council is set to hold an online public debate on the issue on Sunday. It is expected to be attended by representatives of Israel and the Palestinians, as well as the representative of the UN for the Middle East Thor Venezland, who said this week that he feared the escalation would lead to “a large-scale war.”

Meanwhile, an Egyptian delegation of mediators who had contacts with the Palestinian leadership and the Israeli government in order to declare a ceasefire left Tel Aviv on Thursday without being able to secure any commitment that there would be a ceasefire from the Israeli side, said today. informed about this in the Russian news agency TASS from Cairo.