Israeli Warplanes Carry Out Airstrikes in Gaza Border Areas

Israeli warplanes carried out late Wednesday an airstrike against the Gaza Strip in yet another act of aggression against the besieged Palestinian enclave. Israeli aircraft fired at least two missiles at an open area near east of al Bureij.

Palestinian sources said that Israeli warplanes carried out two airstrikes targeting lands east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the besieged Palestinian territory.

They added that at least two missiles hit an unknown target south of the Camera military site. No injuries were reported.

Earlier Wednesday, Israeli Army spokesman declared the intention to carry out airstrikes in the surrounding areas of Gaza Strip during night hours. The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip. Disproportionate force is always used in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured.

Although the Israeli army carries out military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip on a near-daily basis, airstrikes have remained a relatively sporadic occurrence this year, since the devastating Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in 2014 killed more than 2,200 Palestinians.

Earlier this month, Israeli forces launched airstrikes at several sites allegedly used by Palestinian political factions in the besieged Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired from the small Palestinian territory into an Israeli city Friday evening, Israeli and local sources said.

No injuries were reported at the time, despite heavy property damage.

In early July 2014, Israel waged a war on the Gaza Strip. The 51-day military aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, according to the United Nations figures. Over 11,100 others, including 3,374 children, 2,088 women, and 410 elderly people, were also wounded in the war. In total violation of the ceasefire agreement, Israel continues to carry out attacks on the coastal enclave from time to time. During the first half of 2016, six Palestinians were killed and 161 others were injured by Israeli gunfire on Gaza borders while 101 citizens were arrested.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel for a decade. The blockade was imposed following the victory of Hamas in the 2006 Palestinian elections and the subsequent 2007 clashes between Fatah and Hamas, which left Hamas in control of the Gaza Strip and Fatah in control of the occupied West Bank.