Monday, August 15

Israeli offensive kills 11 people in Gaza and threatens to last a week

The escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (YIP) in Gaza does not stop, with multiple exchanges of fire this Saturday, which raised the number of dead Palestinians to 11 and extend the tension to a second day. The Gaza Ministry of Health has reported this Saturday of the death this Saturday of a Palestinian in the city of Khan Yunis. To the 11 deceased so far, some 90 wounded are added, the vast majority in the Strip.

The escalation of violence was triggered this Friday after a strong Israeli offensive, in which an Islamic Jihad leader was killed in an attack on a residential building. Among the dead, a five-year-old girl. Palestinian medical and security sources in Gaza have confirmed the death of Taysir al Jabari, leader of the armed wing of the YIP in the center and north of the Strip, who headed the unit responsible for launching rockets into Israel.

According to the Israeli Army, the YIP has launched more than 160 rockets since the current spike in violence began, mostly towards towns near the enclave. The vast majority of these shells were intercepted by anti-aircraft defense systems while the rest landed in unpopulated areas. The alarms continued to sound during the morning of this Saturday in the communities adjacent to Gaza.

In parallel, the Israeli Air Force continued to attack targets of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the Strip, both through drones and warplanes, and hitting sites allegedly used for the manufacture of weapons and for the production and launch of rockets.

Among the dead registered so far are at least four members of the YIP, including the number two of the group, and the five-year-old girl. The Palestinian Ministry of Health has so far counted some 80 wounded, while the emergency services in Israel reported that at least eight people had to be hospitalized for injuries sustained while running to bomb shelters.

During the night, in addition, a joint operation between the Israeli Army, the Border Police and the Internal Intelligence Service ended with the capture of 20 people in the occupied West Bank, of which 19 belong to the Islamic Jihad.

Local Israeli media indicated this Saturday that the Army is prepared for an extensive operation, which could last for a week and quoted military sources acknowledging that at the moment there are no negotiations to end the violence.

The current uptick in tension began this Friday with a strong Israeli “preemptive” offensive on YIP targets in Gaza in the face of what the Army described as an “imminent threat” of attack by the group in retaliation following the arrest on Monday of one of their leaders during a raid in the West Bank.

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