On Saturday, the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip was renewed, as well as the firing of rockets by the Palestinian factions, in a new escalation that resulted (since Tuesday) in the killing of 33 Palestinians, including a leader in the “Islamic Jihad” movement who was killed on Friday, and one person in Israel.
renew Israeli bombing Saturday on the Gaza Strip, and the same was the firing of rockets by the Palestinian factions in a new escalation that resulted (since Tuesday) in killing 33 Palestinians, including a leader in the “Islamic Jihad” movement and one person in Israel.
Palestinian gunmen in Gaza resumed firing rockets at Israel early on Saturday after Israeli planes bombed Islamic Jihad targets in the Strip last night, with fighting entering its fifth day.
A senior 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. The Al-Quds Brigades said in a press statement that it “mourns its martyr, Commander Iyad Al-Abd Al-Hassani, a member of the Military Council and the official of the Operations Unit in the Al-Quds Brigades, who rose in a cowardly Zionist assassination this evening (Friday) in Gaza.”
Among the dead were six Islamic Jihad leaders and fighters from the same movement and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The Al-Quds Brigades said: “Revenge of the Free People … the Palestinian resistance directed a focused missile strike in two stages towards occupied Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the enemy’s cities and settlements in response to the assassinations and the continued aggression against the Palestinian people.”
Egypt offers a new formula for the cease-fire
For its part, the Islamic 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.”
On Friday evening, a Palestinian source familiar with the Egyptian-led truce talks confirmed that “Egypt presented this evening a new formula for a ceasefire, which the Palestinian side will study, and Egypt is also waiting for the occupation’s response.”
Israeli media sources also reported that the Hebrew state had received an “amended version” of an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire, without giving further details.
According to a source in Islamic Jihad, the movement “has so far adhered to its demand related to stopping the Israeli assassinations and reaching calm that depends on Israel’s acceptance of this condition.”
Three air raids on empty areas in Rafah
Witnesses in Gaza spoke of three air raids on empty areas in Rafah in the south of the Strip, which did not lead to injuries. In the Israeli towns bordering the Gaza Strip, whose residents have been living in shelters for three days, sirens sounded several times from morning until night.
On Friday evening, the Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, confirmed in a televised speech that communication is in place with the leaders of the factions, warning that the party “will not hesitate” to take any step if responsibility requires it.
In turn, Hamas said in a press statement that the head of its political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, had received a phone call from Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Abdollahian, during which Haniyeh stressed that “the enemy bears responsibility for what is happening because of the crime of assassinating leaders and targeting civilians in their homes, and that the resistance is united in the field and in political support.” .
“At least 866 rockets” were fired from Gaza into Israel
The Israeli military stated that at least 866 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. The army confirms that 25 percent of them fell in the same sector, killing four people, including three minors. Agence France-Presse was unable to obtain comment from Hamas and Islamic Jihad on this information.
The population of the Gaza Strip (about 2.3 million people) suffer from poverty and unemployment and are subject to an Israeli blockade, as the Strip has witnessed repeated wars with Israel since 2008.