Publicado: Vie, Agosto 10, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Palestinian mother and child killed in Gaza-Israel exchange of fire

Palestinian mother and child killed in Gaza-Israel exchange of fire

Talk of a long-term ceasefire in he Gaza Strip seems to be forgotten today, as Israel and Hamas continued tit-for-tat escalations throughout the day, with 150 rockets fired at southern Israel, and Israeli warplanes striking over 100 targets inside Gaza. Red Alert sirens continued to sound in the South throughout the night, with the latest salvo fired at 05:45 am Thursday morning. At least three Palestinians were killed.

An Israeli policeman surveys the scene where a rocket exploded in the southern city of Sderot, Israel August 8, 2018.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri blamed Israel for the escalation, citing the killing of two Hamas gunmen on Tuesday in northern Gaza which he described as unprovoked. A member of the Hamas' armed wing was also killed.

According to the Health Ministry in the Hamas-controlled enclave, Kammash and her daughter were killed in an airstrike in Jafarawi in central Gaza, the ministry said, while her husband was injured. At least 12 other civilians were also wounded.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that mounting violence began on Wednesday after militants shot at an IDF vehicle in Gaza. At least 16,000 Palestinians have been wounded, according to health officials in Gaza.

Huge pillars of black and grey smoke were seen coming out from the al-Meshaal Centre for Culture.

"If it becomes necessary, the residents of the Gaza border communities will be evacuated", he said.

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The strikes come in retaliation for a six-hour barrage of rockets which forced thousands of Israelis to seek shelter along Gaza border towns. He said Israel has offered only an easing, but not an end, to the blockade.

"Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman reassured the mayor of Sderot and the heads of the regional councils in the vicinity of the Gaza border that "we will do what needs to be done" to restore calm to region".

On the miltary's Twitter account, a senior Israeli military official was quoted as saying: "The way things continue to play out is significant". One Hamas operative, identified as Ali al-Ghadnour, a relative of senior Hamas commander Abu Anas Ghandour who was designated by the US State Department as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist past year.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) responded by attacking over 150 Hamas terror targets throughout the Strip, including a cement factory used by Hamas to build terror tunnels, a maritime terror tunnel shaft, a weapons manufacturing and storage facility, and several terror sites in military compounds. "If the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

Hamas has been the de facto ruling party in Gaza since winning contested Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006.

Hamas warned Israel it would pay for the attack, and on Wednesday the army said shots had been fired at civilian engineers working on an underground barrier along the border, prompting the military to respond with tank fire at a Hamas post.

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