Gaza / Tel Aviv (dpa) – The renewed escalation of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is becoming increasingly dangerous.
Following sustained rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Air Force also fired at targets in the coastal area at night, reportedly killing several Islamist militants.
According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, the recent escalation of violence has killed 22 Palestinians, including nine children. 106 people were injured.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened militant Palestinian organizations with a harsh response. The EU and the US condemned the recent rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and called for an immediate end to violence in the isolated coastal area and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. “Even if all parties (must) take measures to de-escalate, Israel naturally has the right to protect its people and territory from these attacks,” stressed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
After serious clashes, Hamas Islamists in the Gaza Strip had issued an ultimatum demanding the withdrawal of all police officers and settlers from the Temple Mount (Al-Haram al-Sharif / The Noble Sanctuary) and from the Sheikh Jarrah district of East Jerusalem. . When Israel disobeyed, the shelling began shortly after 6 p.m. local time last night. Even before midnight, the military spoke of more than 150 missiles fired, dozens of which were intercepted by the iron-domed missile defense system. Warning sirens sounded until morning, especially in the periphery of the Gaza Strip and in the city of Ashkelon. Tel Aviv began providing public shelters.
A Hamas spokesman said the missiles were a “message” to enemy Israel and a “response to its crimes and aggression against the holy city.” The Islamic Jihad group also claimed responsibility for the attacks.
According to the military, the missile alarm went off in Jerusalem last night for the first time since the summer of 2014. According to the military, six missiles have also been launched towards the city. According to the first reports, no one was injured there. Many Israelis in the city celebrated Jerusalem Day. The country celebrates the conquest of the Arab eastern part of Jerusalem, including the Old City, during the Six Day War in 1967.
“The terrorist organizations in Gaza crossed the red line on Jerusalem Day and attacked us with rockets in the outskirts of Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said in a speech in the city. “We will not tolerate attacks on our territory, our capital, our citizens and soldiers. Anyone who attacks us will pay a heavy price. “Israeli civilians should be prepared that the current conflict could last longer.
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque is of extraordinary importance to Jews and Muslims alike. It is the third holiest site in Islam. At the same time, there were two Jewish temples, the last of which was destroyed by the Romans in 70. The Western Wall is a remnant of that destroyed temple and the holiest site for the Jews.
Yesterday, serious clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli police on the Temple Mount. Palestinian rescue workers said hundreds were injured. Nearly two dozen officers were injured, according to police.
Tensions in the West Bank and in the Arab East of Jerusalem had intensified since the beginning of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Many Palestinians are angry that police have cordoned off parts of the old city to prevent rallies. In addition, some Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah district are threatened with deportation by the Israeli authorities. There have been clashes over the past few nights.
Since Hamas forcibly seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007, Israel and the radical Palestinian organization have fought three wars. Israel and Egypt are blockading the area and justify this with security considerations. About two million people live there in appalling conditions. In August 2020, Hamas announced a ceasefire with Israel after mediation from Qatar. But even after that there were always violations. Hamas has been classified as a terrorist organization by Israel, the US and the EU. She has made the destruction of Israel her goal.