Israel launches air raids on Gaza in response to rocket launches

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Damage caused by an Israeli air attack on October 17, 2018 in Rafah, in the Gaza / AFP strip

Damage caused by an Israeli air attack on October 17, 2018 in Rafah, in the Gaza / AFP strip

On Wednesday, Israeli military aircraft conducted a series of raids against the Islamist Hamas movement in Gaza, in response to the first rocket launch for weeks from Palestinian territory, in a context of mounting tensions.

These acts of hostility that left one Palestinian dead and three wounded rekindle the fears of a new confrontation between Israel and armed groups in Gaza, including Hamas, which runs undisputed the narrow language of the land imprisoned and tried, blocked between the Jewish state, Egypt and the Mediterranean.

The evolution of the situation could depend on the paternity of the rocket. Hamas and its main ally, Islamic Jihad, have denied any involvement, implying that the uncontrolled elements are responsible. Israel reiterated that Hamas is responsible for everything that happens in the territory under its control.

During the night, two medium-range missiles were launched from Gaza, reaching Beersheva (southern Israel) for one, falling from the city of Tel Aviv (center) for the second.

In Beersheva, the home of a family of three children has been severely damaged. The mother of the children saved her life by waking up and running towards a shelter, the army said.

A heavily damaged house in the Israeli city of Beersheva (south) from the fall of a rocket fired by the Gaza Strip, 17 October 2018 / AFP

A heavily damaged house in the Israeli city of Beersheva (south) from the fall of a rocket fired by the Gaza Strip, 17 October 2018 / AFP

Reason for alarm for the Israeli authorities: in both cases, the missiles have reached tens of kilometers, while the Gaza overflows have mainly affected the surrounding area in the last few months.

Israel has fought. His planes and probably drones struck about 20 military targets, including an offensive tunnel and a weapons factory, according to the army.

– Closed passages –

The army also broadcast a video of a group of men planning to launch a missile and one of them disappears in an explosion, perhaps a targeted Israeli attack.

It is probably the same man, Naji al-Zaanen, 25, whose death was announced by the Gaza authorities, without specifying the circumstances.

Further strengthening the confinement of the territory which has only one other exit, in Egypt, Israel has twice closed its two points of intersection with Gaza.

He also reduced the fishing zone from six to three nautical miles, beyond which the Gaza fishermen are prohibited and exposed to Israeli fire.

A column of smoke emerges from the city of Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, on October 17, 2018, after an Israeli / AFP attack

A column of smoke emerges from the city of Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, on October 17, 2018, after an Israeli / AFP attack

It is not known who was fired in Gaza. In a joint statement with allied armed groups, Hamas condemned rocket launch and rejected "all irresponsible attempts" to undermine the Egyptian and UN efforts for a lasting truce.

"Hamas has full responsibility," said a spokesman for the Israeli army, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus. Of all the armed groups present in Gaza, only Hamas and Jihad have missiles like those launched in the night, he said, without categorically excluding the intervention of uncontrolled elements within Hamas.

– "Serious blow" –

The Hamas authority has also been challenged in the past by Salafist groups.

"The situation is potentially dangerous, so the Israeli army is in a state of high readiness," said the lieutenant colonel.

These hostilities are not auspicious for the outcome of the efforts of Egypt and the UN for several weeks towards a lasting truce.

Damage caused by an Israeli air attack on October 17, 2018 in Rafah, in the Gaza / AFP strip

Damage caused by an Israeli air attack on October 17, 2018 in Rafah, in the Gaza / AFP strip

A new Egyptian mediation is under way this week.

But some Israeli and Gaza officials have been intransigent in recent days. Hamas wants to lift the Israeli blockade that has suffocated Gaza for over 10 years, tormented by wars, poverty, scarcity and unemployment. Israel justifies the blockade with the need to contain Hamas, its enemy.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman calls for a return to calm along the border and says he does not believe in a possible agreement. He said on Tuesday the need to bring a "blow" to Hamas.

Israel and Hamas and its allies have fought three wars since 2008 and have observed a ceasefire that has been regularly called into question by the 2014 conflict.

Since March 30, Gaza is the scene of a vast mobilization against the blockade. The protesters also demand the right of the Palestinians to return to the land from which they were driven or fled when Israel was created in 1948.

Often violent, the demonstrations take place near the heavily guarded border guard. In addition, the Palestinian armed groups and the Israeli army have exchanged missiles, bullets and missiles in recent months.

At least 207 Palestinians have been killed since March 30th. An Israeli soldier is dead.

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