August 15, 2022

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Israeli attack on Gaza: 8 dead, Palestinians say

Status: 05.08.2022 6:25 pm

At least eight people have been killed and more than 55 injured in an Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, Palestinians say. The militant PIJ has reportedly threatened Israel before.

Israel claims it struck targets in the Gaza Strip. The health ministry said at least eight people died, including a five-year-old child, according to Palestinian sources. At least 55 people are reported to have been injured. A Hamas spokesman announced in response: the aggression “crossed red lines.”

“Due to the direct threat of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, the military is currently conducting an offensive in the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli military said. No further details were disclosed.

According to the militant Palestinian organization “Islamic Jihad” (PIJ), one of its military leaders was also killed in the airstrike. The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed his death, citing security sources. Israeli broadcaster “Channel 12” reported that 15 terrorists were killed in the operation, citing the military.

There was a lot of tension since Monday

On Monday, the head of the PIJ, Bassem Saadi, was arrested during an Israeli operation in the West Bank. According to Israeli media reports, there are definite indications of an attack from Gaza.

The PIJ has close ties to Israel’s arch-enemy Iran and regularly launches rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army cordoned off areas on the edge of the coastal area for several days and raised the alert.

A similar incident already happened in 2019

In 2019, Israel already killed jihadist army chief Baha Abu al-Adha. This was followed by massive rocket attacks on Israeli positions from the Gaza Strip and counter-attacks by the Israeli Air Force in the coastal area. A few days later, a ceasefire was negotiated with the help of Egypt and the United Nations.

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About two million people live in the Gaza Strip. Hamas, classified as a terrorist organization by the European Union, seized power in 2007. Israel then tightened its blockade of the area with the support of Egypt. Both countries justify the move with security interests.