Yesterday, Friday, the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip was renewed, as was the firing of rockets by the Palestinian factions, despite mediation efforts to end this new escalation, which resulted in the killing of 33 Palestinians, including a sixth leader of Islamic Jihad and his assistant, in addition to one Israeli. Since Tuesday, While Israel reported that it had halted the truce negotiations for its part, which indicates further escalation and intensification of the raids, in conjunction with the expansion of the range of Palestinian rockets that reached the outskirts of Jerusalem, which caused the settlers to panic, and Israeli sources said that Egypt is considering reducing its participation in the negotiations due to intransigence. Israeli.
Another military commander in Saraya al-Quds, the military wing of the “Islamic Jihad” movement, was killed in an Israeli air strike that targeted a residential apartment in western Gaza City, according to an official source in the movement. The source explained that “the military commander of the al-Quds Brigades, Iyad al-Hassani, was killed in an assassination operation carried out in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.” According to the latest toll from the Ministry of Health in the Palestinian Strip, 33 Palestinians have been killed since Tuesday. Among the dead were six Islamic Jihad leaders and fighters from the movement itself and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Strip announced that the cycle of violence has so far killed 33 Palestinians, including six children and three women, and injured 106 others. Among the dead were six Islamic Jihad leaders and fighters from the same movement and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Yesterday, Friday, the Gaza Strip witnessed Israeli bombing of the cities of Gaza and Rafah, and the firing of Palestinian rockets towards Israel. Sirens were heard in the city of Ashkelon and various places, all the way to Jerusalem and the Gush Etzion settlements, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. A Palestinian security source said that twenty rockets were fired on Friday at the city of Ashkelon. The Jihad movement said, “The bombing of Jerusalem is a message, and everyone should understand its purpose. Jerusalem is before our eyes, and what is happening there is not separate from Gaza.” The Gush Etzion Settlement Council confirmed that a missile landed near the “Bat Ein” settlement, in the vicinity of an Arab village. Various recordings posted on social media showed a state of extreme panic among settlers in Jerusalem and the vicinity of Bethlehem. The videos showed large numbers of settlers rushing in buses and cars towards shelters, while others left their cars and slept on the ground, in a scene that reflects the state of panic that gripped them, after Sirens sounded for the first time in this round of confrontation. Yesterday, Friday, the Israeli police said that it had reported that a house in Sderot was hit directly, without reporting any injuries. Israeli sources said that the Palestinian factions fired 973 rockets, noting that the last salvo targeted Nahal Oz and a number of sites in the Gaza Strip.
On the other hand, Israeli media reported that Egypt is considering reducing its participation in the truce negotiations, due to the intransigence of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. The Israeli newspaper “Globus” said that after hours of silence after the ceasefire was reached, the escalation returned again between the two parties. The newspaper added that Israel stopped the negotiations on the cease-fire, while the Egyptian mediators warned of the consequences of mutual escalation, stressing that they submitted a proposal for a cease-fire, and are awaiting Israel’s response, which has not yet responded to the latest Egyptian proposal. Sources said that the cease-fire negotiations failed due to Israel’s refusal to stop the assassinations, which made Egypt consider reducing its participation in the negotiations. A source in “Jihad” confirmed that the movement stipulates that “Israel pledges to stop the assassinations in Gaza and the West Bank by guaranteeing the brothers in Egypt,” stressing that “this is the most important condition for a cease-fire.” And the Israeli Channel 13 revealed that the heads of the security services recommended to Netanyahu to end the military operation in Gaza. She noted that the Army Chief of Staff, Herzi Halevy, and the head of the General Security Service, Ronen Bar, told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that “it is right to seek an end to the operation in Gaza.” (Agencies)