Israeli Aircraft Shells Resistance Sites In Gaza

The Israeli Forces shelled Thursday evening two resistance sites east of al-Bureij and Maghazi refugee camps in central Gaza Strip.

Israeli tanks stationed along the borders of Gaza shelled a site used by Palestinian resistance east of the Maghazi refugee camp, without causing any injuries. A second site in al-Bureij camp was also targeted by Israeli artillery.

Israeli military vehicles stationed along the border between Gaza and Israel reportedly shelled an area east of the Maghazi refugee camp, without causing any injuries.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that they were looking into the reports.

Earlier in the day, Reuters reported that Israeli aircraft attacked Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, wounding at least one person, witnesses said, after a rocket fired from the enclave hit an Israeli border town.

Israeli police said there were no casualties in the rocket strike on Sderot. But Israel has a declared policy of responding militarily to any attack from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

Three Hamas training camps and a security complex were targeted in the air strikes and a passerby was hurt, witnesses said. The Israeli military blamed Hamas for the rocket.

“Today’s (rocket) attack … is the direct result of Hamas’s terror agenda in the Gaza Strip that encourages deliberate attacks against Israeli civilians,” spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said in a statement.

Hamas has observed a de facto ceasefire with Israel since 2014, when 2,100 Palestinians and 73 Israelis were killed in a war over the territory. But small jihadist cells in the Gaza Strip occasionally fire rockets across the border.

The Palestinians hope to establish an independent state in the occupied West Bank along with the Gaza Strip. But U.S.-sponsored talks on a final peace agreement between the two sides have been frozen since 2014.

Israeli airstrikes and artillery shells hit multiple targets in the blockaded Gaza Strip after a rocket fired from the blockaded Gaza Strip landed on a road inside the Israeli city of Sderot earlier that day.
No injuries were reported on either side.

The Salafist group Ahfad al-Sahaba reportedly claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s rocket fire.

The Israeli army has previously said it holds the Hamas movement — the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip — responsible for all attacks from the territory, although other Palestinian militant groups are active in the small coastal enclave.

The Palestinian Authority (PA), meanwhile, condemned Israeli shelling in Gaza, calling on the international society to quickly intervene to stop Israeli aggressions on Gaza and force Israel to end its near decade-long siege on the small Palestinian territory.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri condemned on Wednesday the Israeli attacks on the besieged enclave, saying that Hamas could not “stand by idly” if Israel continued its escalation and called upon the international community to stop Israel’s aggression in Gaza.

Meanwhile, an Israeli army air force pilot died and another was injured on Wednesday as their fighter jet crashed while returning from carrying out airstrikes in Gaza.

The cross-border incidents are the latest to occur since Israeli forces carried out several airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip in mid-September, after a rocket was launched from Gaza and exploded in an open area in southern Israel. No injuries were reported.

September’s airstrikes came as the second wave of Israeli shelling to strike the besieged Gaza Strip in the span of a month, while a few weeks earlier the Israeli army fired missiles into the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun that left at least five Palestinians injured in late August, after a rocket fired from Gaza fell inside Sderot, with no injuries or damage reported by the Israeli army.

On July 1, Israeli forces launched airstrikes at several sites allegedly used by Palestinian factions in the besieged coastal enclave in response to a rocket fired from Gaza which landed in Sderot.

In May, a Palestinian woman was killed during several consecutive days of sustained airstrikes and tank shelling from Israeli forces, allegedly in response to cross-border mortar shelling and a rocket being fired from the Gaza Strip.

The majority of the more than 1.8 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are sealed inside the coastal enclave due to a near-decade long military blockade imposed by Israel and upheld by Egypt on the southern border.

The crippling 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.