Israel declares a “special situation” after the exchange of gunfire, which leaves five Palestinians dead
MADRID, 12 Nov. –
The Israeli Army has said Tuesday it has bombarded various Islamic Jihad targets after firing dozens of projectiles from Gaza in response to the death of a senior Palestinian armed group in an Israeli attack.
“When terrorists fire projectiles from Gaza against Israeli civilians, they do so indiscriminately. What military planes are about to do against Islamic Jihad in Gaza is not,” he said.
Thus, he has confirmed that he has attacked “several Islamic Jihad terrorists who were preparing to fire more rockets from Gaza against Israeli civilians.” “We have reached them before they could,” he added, in a series of messages on the social network Twitter.
“The Army has achieved Islamic Jihad terrorist targets in Gaza, including training complexes, underground weapons manufacturing facilities and weapons storage facilities,” he said.
In this regard, he stressed that the objectives also include one of the entry points of an Islamic Jihad tunnel in the Palestinian enclave. “They planned to use it to attack Palestinian civilians,” he added.
For its part, the new Minister of Defense, Naftali Bennett, has announced a “special situation” for 48 hours in all areas located within a radius of 80 kilometers of the Gaza Strip before the firing of dozens of projectiles during the day, They have left 29 injured.
According to information collected by the local newspaper 'Yedioth Ahronoth', two people have been slightly injured by the impact of shrapnel from the projectiles, 15 have been slightly injured while on their way to shelters and thirteen have been treated for shocks.
Sources cited by the Palestinian news agency WAFA have indicated that a total of five Palestinians have been killed in the bombings, including Baha Abú al Atta, senior Islamic Jihad.
The rest of the fatalities are the wife of Abú al Atta and three Palestinians hit by various bombings in the town of Beit Lahia, without it being clear for now if they belonged to the group as well.
JORDAN CONDEMNS THE “ISRAELI CLIMB”
The Government of Jordan has condemned the Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip and warned that “the Israeli escalation against Gaza and attacks against innocent civilians will only increase tension and violence, deepen despair and promote the agendas of extremists in the region, without leading to any solution. ”
Therefore, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Daifalá al Fayez, stressed that the solution to the problem “lies in finding a real political horizon through the return to the negotiating table of Israelis and Palestinians, removing the unjust blockade against the enclave, quickly address humanitarian needs in Gaza and respect Humanitarian Law. ”
Al Fayez stressed that “Israel is responsible for the resurgence of the situation and its repercussions,” while calling on the international community to “act urgently to stop the aggression and protect the Palestinian people,” according to the state agency. Jordanian news, Petra.
Israel presents the growing tensions in Gaza as part of the regional dispute with Iran, which has also been developing in Syria. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cited such scenarios in his efforts to form a new coalition government in the country with his center-left rivals after two elections with no conclusive results this year.
NETANYAHU SAYS HE IS NOT LOOKING FOR A CLIMB
He has also made it clear that Israel will hit those who attempt to attack the country, while warning that the current escalation with Islamic Jihad could “take time.” “Terrorists believe they can attack civilians and hide behind civilians,” he denounced.
“We have shown them that we can hit terrorists with the least damage to civilians. Anyone who thinks they can hit our civilians and get away with it is wrong. If you attack us, we will attack you,” he said.
“Israel is not interested in an escalation, but we will do whatever it takes to defend ourselves,” said Netanyahu, the newspaper The Jerusalem Post reports.
For its part, Hamas has stressed in a statement that Israel “has full responsibility for all the consequences of this escalation” and has promised that the death of Al Atta “will not go unpunished.”
THE DEATH OF ABÚ AL ATTA
Abu al Atta has died early in the day in a bombing carried out by Israeli planes against a building in the northern Gaza Strip.
Israeli officials have described Al Atta as “a time bomb” that was responsible for a series of recent rocket attacks, drones and snipers and is suspected of planning more.
In the most serious escalation in months, an Israeli missile has also reached the home of an Islamic Jihad officer in Damascus, killing two people including his son, as reported by Syrian state media, although Israel has not wanted to comment on this incident. .
“We carried out the attack (against Al Atta) because there was no other choice,” said Israeli Army spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus. “I want to highlight that we are not looking for a greater escalation of the situation,” he stressed.
The death of Al Atta, in his home with his wife, could plan a new challenge for the Hamas Islamist movement, which controls Gaza since 2007 and has been seeking a truce with Israel since the 2014 war.