Two more Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip as the Israeli military renews its air raids against the besieged coastal enclave for the second day of firing Gaza, prompting retaliatory rocket fire into the occupied territories. Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamist Jihad movement, said on Wednesday that a member of […]
Two more Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip as the Israeli military renews its air raids against the besieged coastal enclave for the second day of firing Gaza, prompting retaliatory rocket fire into the occupied territories.
Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamist Jihad movement, said on Wednesday that a member of the resistance group, Khalid Mavaz, 38, had lost his life in an Israeli airstrike on the second day of firing Gaza. Iran News quotes the report.
The Israeli military said its forces targeted Mavaz as he was preparing to launch rockets into the Israeli-occupied territories, a day after the regime assassinated senior Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata, along with his wife, in a targeted strike.
On the second day of firing Gaza, Another Palestinian also lost his life in the raids, according to the health ministry in the blockaded enclave, bringing the death toll from the regime’s assaults from Tuesday morning to 12.
According to the latest figures by the Gaza Health Ministry, the Israeli raids have left a total of 45 people injured, including 23 children.
Ata’s assassination sparked Palestinian retaliatory attacks, with Israeli military sources saying more than 200 rockets have been fired from Gaza into the occupied territories on Tuesday.
Israel’s national emergency service said it had treated 46 Israelis since the Gaza rocket fire began.
‘Israel initiated confrontation, but can’t determine its end’
Speaking on Tuesday evening, a spokesman for the al-Quds Brigades warned of further rocket fire from Gaza, stressing that Israel is not the side to determine how the current round of fighting in the blockaded enclave would end.
“We hold the enemy fully responsible for the consequences of its stupid decision to assassinate the leadership of the resistance,” Abu Hamza said. “The coming hours will add a new headline to the record of defeats of the enemy’s rash prime minister, who has only brought the Zionists destruction and war.”
“We tell the enemy: Perhaps you succeeded in starting this aggression against our people and resistance, but you will not be able to determine when it ends. The coming hours will record a victory for our people. While you started the battle, you will not be able to know when it will end,” he added.
Muslim states slam Israel
The Israeli attacks have sparked a wave of condemnations from Muslim countries and international organizations.
On Tuesday, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the Israeli aggression against Gaza, saying it constitutes a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law conventions.
The 57-member Jeddah-based organization also held Israel accountable for the consequences of the dangerous Gaza escalation and called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards providing international protection for the Palestinian people.
Similarly, the Arab League held the Tel Aviv regime responsible for the “horrific crime” it had committed in Gaza and its consequences, adding that Tuesday’s raid comes in continuation of acts of aggression by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinians.
“This comes in the context of exposed Israeli attempts to let the Palestinian people pay the price of the predicaments and agendas of Israeli parties,” the 22-member pan-Arab body said in a statement.
Israel, the Arab League noted, wants to push the Gaza situation to further deterioration, drag the region into violence and threaten international peace and security.
The Arab League further called for international intervention to stop the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people and provide them with protection.
Additionally, Jordan denounced the Israeli airstrikes and urged the international community to promptly act in order to stop the regime’s aggression on the besieged coastal sliver.
The Jordan news agency, Petra quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Daifallah al-Fayez as saying that “the Israeli escalation against the Gaza Strip and targeting of innocent civilians will only increase tension and violence, deepen despair and promote extremist agendas in the region, and will not lead to any solutions.”
“The solution to the problem in the Gaza Strip lies in finding a real political horizon through returning to the negotiating table between Israel and Palestine, lifting the unjust blockade on the enclave, promptly addressing the humanitarian needs there and respecting the international law,” he added.
The Israeli strike in Damascus hit the home of Akram al-Ajouri, killing his son and another person.
- source : PressTV, Iran News