Israel has launched a major strike on the Gaza Strip amid tensions over Taiwan following the visit of US Speaker Nancy Pelosi. At least seven people, including a senior Hamas commander, were killed and at least 40 wounded in an Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip on Friday. Israel’s attack comes amid heightened tensions in the West Bank following the arrest of a senior Palestinian insurgent. The attack has heightened tensions in Hamas-ruled territory where some two million Palestinians live.
After the death of a senior Hamas commander, there is a fear of rockets fired from Gaza, which could lead to another war in the region. An explosion was heard in Gaza City, where smoke was billowing from the seventh floor of a tall building. The rebel group Hamas said its senior commander Taisir al-Jabri was also killed in the attack. Palestine’s health ministry said seven people, including a five-year-old girl, were killed and 40 were injured.
Israel calls campaign ‘breaking don’
Israel’s military has described the operation as “Breaking Dawn”, saying it targeted Islamic jihadists. Israel has also declared a special status in the country where all schools within 80 kilometers of the border have been closed and other people’s activities have been stopped. Israel closed roads around Gaza earlier this week and sent additional troops to the border in anticipation of an attack following the arrest of a senior Hamas member in the occupied West Bank on Monday.
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Four wars and many minor skirmishes in 15 years
There have been four wars and several minor skirmishes between Israel and Palestine’s Hamas in 15 years. The most fierce battle in recent times took place in May 2021 and its fears increased earlier this year as well. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barholm said, “Israeli enemies who have launched provocation against Gaza have committed a new crime, for which they will pay.” “We are starting a fight and the Palestinian resistance must stand united against this aggression,” Hamas leader Zail al-Nakhla told Iran via al-Maydin TV network.
Israel said – we do not want conflict
Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz, visiting settlements near Gaza on Friday, said officials were taking actions that would remove the threat from the region. “We will work with internal resilience and external strength to restore normal life in the south of Israel,” he said. “We don’t want conflict, but we won’t hesitate to defend our citizens if necessary,” Gantz said.
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