IDF airstrike demolishes Hamas building in Gaza City

10 Août, 2018, 07:44 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • IDF airstrike demolishes Hamas building in Gaza City

IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Thursday that Gaza terror groups have fired about 150 rockets at Israel in the past 24 hours, while Israel has struck some 140 Hamas targets in Gaza.

Israel and Hamas, the resistance movement that governs Gaza, agreed on a truce on Thursday to end a flare-up in cross-border fighting, two Palestinian officials said.

Iron Dome anti-missile system fires an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel near the southern city of Sderot, Israel on August 9, 2018.

After two days that saw the worst exchange of fire between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war, a fragile truce prevailed Friday in Gaza, with no rocket attacks or airstrikes since an apparent ceasefire went into effect at midnight.

The Said Meshal Cultural Centre confirmed on its Facebook page the offices in Gaza City had been destroyed, saying the building also hosted offices for the Egyptian community in Gaza.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened the security cabinet on Thursday evening to discuss the violence in the south, as IDF jets flattened a five-story building in the Gaza Strip it said served as a headquarters for Hamas's internal security service.

Israel has struck more than 150 Hamas targets since late Wednesday after the Islamist group and its allies fired some 180 rockets and mortars at the Jewish state.

The original headline reported on Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, in which a pregnant 23-year-old woman and her 18-month-old daughter were killed on Wednesday.

Israeli Cabinet minister for construction and housing, Yoav Gallant, said that "whatever is needed to be done to defend our civilians and soldiers, will be done, no matter what would be the price in Gaza". Medical officials said at least seven bystanders were wounded.

Twenty-four of the slain protesters were minors, the ministry has said.

The IDF said the strike came in response to a rocket fired at Beersheva earlier in the day and was an "indication of the IDF's intelligence and operational capabilities".

Prior Thursday night's meeting, "the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense instructed the IDF to prepare for every possibility", an official said.

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Violence has boiled over several times in recent months, but residents of both Gaza and nearby Israeli communities said the overnight fighting reached a new level of ferocity.

While some local media outlets were reporting that Muhammad succumbed to his wounds early Thursday afternoon, the Gaza Ministry of Health has maintained that he is still in critical condition and being treated in the ICU.

"Bayan was sleeping with her mother and father". It said the deal was mediated by Egypt and other regional players.

The Gaza Strip, home to almost two million Palestinians, has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007. A auto parked nearby was smashed.

Israeli media and supporters of the occupation have bashed British media outlets such as the BBC and the Guardian for their allegedly biased reports, but the BBC consistently uses language that favors the Israeli narrative: "targeted killing" as a euphemism for "execution without trial, ' or 'Palestinians demand to return" instead of 'right to return'.

"What I can say is that we targeted by definition only military targets that were clearly used by Hamas where there was an active presence of Hamas and nothing else", he told journalists on Thursday morning. The military said it intercepted some 30 rockets, while most of the others landed in open areas.

A surge in cross-border rockets and air strikes in recent weeks have prompted the United Nations and Egypt to try to broker a truce to prevent another all-out conflict.

He added that "if the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the worldwide community to "immediately and urgently intervene".

Protests and clashes along the Gaza border began on March 30. An Israeli soldier was killed by a Gaza sniper during this period.

Nofal claimed that this is one of the reasons why "the Palestinian people have emerged victorious in all battles".

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