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Israel strikes Gaza Strip 140 times as fresh war looms

Press TV – August 9, 2018

The Israeli military has carried out over 140 strikes against the Gaza Strip, threatening another full-scale military offensive against the blockaded coastal enclave amid escalating tensions there.

The Israeli army said on Thursday morning that it had pounded more than 140 targets in Gaza belonging to the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement.

The attacks came after around 150 rockets were fired from Gaza into the occupied territories from late Wednesday into Thursday, the Israeli military added.

It further claimed that the Israeli missile system Iron Dome had intercepted 25 rockets out of the 150 rockets, which activated sirens in the occupied territories over 125 times.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the fresh rocket attacks into the occupied territories, saying it was avenging the deaths of two fighters killed in an Israeli tank fire in Gaza on Tuesday.

“In response to Israel’s aggression, the Palestinian resistance has launched a large number of rockets in recent hours at the enemy,” Hamas said. “There was a promise [to respond] and now it has been fulfilled.”

Hamas military wing Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades identified the victims of Tuesday’s Israeli strike as Ahmed Murjan and Abdel-Hafez al-Silawi.

Hamas, PA blast Israel

Reacting to the renewed Israeli raids, Hamas spokesman Abd al-Latif al-Qanou said “Israel will bear the responsibility for its aggression against the citizens of Gaza,” he said.

“The Palestinian resistance is in a state of self-defense and Israel will not succeed in forcing us to remain in this state,” he added.

In Ramallah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the UN to make Israel stop its aggression against Gaza.

Israel preparing for war

Meanwhile, a senior Israeli army official told Israeli daily Haaretz on Thursday that Tel Aviv is approaching a new war on Gaza.

“We don’t see the end of the escalation. We are closing in on operation in Gaza,” he said.

Another Israeli official warned Hamas against further escalation in the region.

“The way things continue to play out is significant. Hamas will understand in the coming hours, as in the past months, that this is not the direction it wants to chose,” he was quoted as saying on the army [‘s Twitter account.

At noon on Thursday, Palestinian officials said Gaza-based resistance fighters halted retaliatory rocket fire at the Israeli-occupied territories.

A member of the joint command of resistance movements said, “The current round in Gaza has ended. The resistance responded to the enemy’s crimes in Gaza. The continuation of calm in Gaza depends on (Israel’s) behavior.”

A source with Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas confirmed the move, though there was no immediate response from Israel.

Israel carries out regular attacks on Palestinians in Gaza under the pretext of hitting Hamas targets.

The Gaza Strip has been under an inhumane Israeli siege since 2007 and witnessed three wars since 2008.

Tensions have been running high near the Gaza fence since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests demanding the right to return for the Palestinians driven out of their homeland.

The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), which this year coincided with the US embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

Nearly 160 Palestinians have been killed and some 17,500 others wounded in the fresh wave of violence, according to the latest figures released by the Palestinian Health Ministry.

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August 9, 2018 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, War Crimes | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. “The attacks came after around 150 rockets were fired from Gaza into the occupied territories from late Wednesday into Thursday, the Israeli military added”.

    Given that Gaza is blockaded by Israel, and nothing goes in or comes out without it being monitored, I don’t believe this. If the Gazans are able to fabricate “rockets” they must be very crude and highly likely to be completely ineffective.
    It’s way past time that “The World’s Policeman” stepped in and sorted this mess out(and banged a few heads in Tel Aviv) but they won’t. The “Most Powerful Nation of Earth” has no balls when it comes to bringing Israel into line with humanitarian behaviour towards its own citizens.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 9, 2018 | Reply

  2. Bombing cultural centres, mosques, schools, hospitals, people’s houses, these are pinpricks! We’ll never exterminate the grunting subhuman goyim at this rate. We’ve grown soft, that’s what it is. Where’s that old Zionist spirit?

    Comment by traducteur | August 9, 2018 | Reply

  3. Yup — the criminal Zionist psychosis is once again at fever pitch, avid to erupt, spill over, and slake its thirst for Palestinian blood. Two-year intervals is just about the average for this psychosis’ caldron to simmer and churn: 2006 (Lebanon-cum-Hezbollah), 2008-9 Gaza, 2012 Gaza, 2024 Gaza…actually, this 2018 is a bit overtime, so the psychotic explosion may be all the more vicious and bloody. Still, there has been plenty going on at a lower level of intensity in fomenting the fever: Lebanon, Iran, Syria…the Jerusalem Embassy outrage, the Gaza non-violent People’s March, the Freedom Flotilla Boat “Awda” to Gaza, all adding to the arrogance, the disdain for law and convention, the vindictive violence….

    Comment by roberthstiver | August 10, 2018 | Reply


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