Gaza, again Israeli raids against Islamic Jihad: 13 dead and 114 injured. Sirens sound in Tel Aviv
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Gaza, again Israeli raids against Islamic Jihad: 13 dead and 114 injured. Sirens sound in Tel Aviv

The Israeli army operation called “Braeking Dawn” against Islamic Jihad in Gaza continues. Since yesterday under the Israeli raids at least 13 people have died, including a 5-year-old girl, while 114 are injured, while entire buildings have been destroyed.

At least 160 rockets were fired from Gaza during the night, according to Israeli military spokesman Ran Cochav. Of these, 30 fell inside the Strip, while 130 crossed the border: sixty were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system (“which recorded a 95% success rate”) and another 30 ended up in the sea. Cochav himself said that 40 targets “all belonging to Islamic Jihad” were hit in the attacks on Gaza.

Meanwhile, the anti-missile warning sirens have begun to sound in the Gsh Dan area, the central area of ​​Israel which also includes Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has called an emergency meeting for this evening and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has authorized the recall of 25,000 soldiers from the reserve. The operation could indeed go on for at least a week.

The Gaza power plant has ceased operations. This was reported by the Palestinian news agency Maan, according to which the immediate cause is the lack of diesel. Yesterday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz authorized six trucks of fuel to enter Gaza. But as they were about to pass through the Kerem Shalom crossing – which had been closed for four days and would only be open for them – the air force took action, killing a military leader of Islamic Jihad in Gaza City. The crossing was immediately closed and apparently the trucks remained on the Israeli side.

Abu Mazen’s presidency condemned “the Israeli aggression against the people in the Gaza Strip” and called for “an immediate end”. The Wafa agency reports that the Israeli “occupation forces” are “responsible for this dangerous escalation”. Abu Mazen’s presidency called on the international community “to force Israel to stop the aggression”.