Home LATEST NEWS New rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, dozens injured in Jerusalem

New rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, dozens injured in Jerusalem


Since Monday, several rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip controlled by Hamas Islamists towards Israel, prompting Israeli air raids against the enclave. They caused no casualties and most of the projectiles were intercepted by the Israeli missile shield.

One rocket hits a field near the border with northern Gaza and another falls inside from the enclave, the Israeli army said on Twitter.

According to witnesses, one person was injured in Gaza after the rocket fell near his house.

Four attacks between March 22 and April 7

The violence comes in a context of escalation after four attacks in Israel between March 22 and April 7, which left 14 dead in total.

Two of the attacks were perpetrated in the metropolis of Tel Aviv by Palestinians from the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967.

In the wake of these attacks, the Israeli army carried out several operations in the West Bank, while clashes multiplied between Israeli police and Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the Palestinian part occupied and annexed by Israel.

On Friday morning, Israeli forces reentered the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site and Judaism’s holiest site known as the Temple Mount, and Palestinian youths threw stones at them .

According to the police, before dawn rioters in masks and displaying Hamas flags had thrown stones towards the Wailing Wall, the holiest prayer site in Judaism, located below the esplanade of the Mosques in East Jerusalem.

Read:  Merck's anti-COVID pill cleared in US | Coronavirus

The Palestinian Red Crescent said at least 57 Palestinians were injured, two seriously, in the clashes.

More than 200 Palestinians injured in a week

After clashes that left more than 200 Palestinians injured for a week, the Israeli authorities closed the crossing points this weekend allowing Palestinians from the West Bank to go to Jerusalem. But Palestinians managed to get there illegally.

Thousands of worshipers were able to pray midday thanks to a lull on the third Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which coincided with the end of the Passover celebrations.

After the prayer, a mini-drone flew over the esplanade and fired tear gas at some of the faithful, creating scenes of panic, noted an AFP team. The police claimed to have used means to disperse a mob trying to damage one of his sentry boxes.

Since the Tel Aviv attacks, 24 Palestinians including assailants have been killed in clashes or incidents in the West Bank with Israeli forces.

We are deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and in Israel over the past month. »

A quote from Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

The rocket attacks are the largest since the deadly 11-day war that pitted Hamas against Israel in May 2021 after weeks of clashes and tensions in Jerusalem.

In power in Gaza under Israeli blockade, Hamas claims to want to defend the esplanade of the Mosques, access to which is controlled by the Jewish state.

The presence on the esplanade during Ramadan of many Jews, authorized to visit the place at specific times without praying there according to the status quo in force, and the deployment of police forces were widely perceived by Palestinians and several countries. of the region as a gesture of provocation.

Arab ministers meeting in Amman condemned Israeli attacks and violations against worshipers of Al-Aqsa Mosque located on the esplanade.

On Thursday, US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Yaël Lempert and envoy for Israeli-Palestinian relations Hady Amr met with officials from the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas, who sits in West Bank.

Mr Abbas demanded the urgent intervention of the American administration in order to put an end once and for all to the Israeli escalationaccording to a Palestinian official.

Previous articleGoogle exposes climate change in its doodle of the day
Next articleTwitter Bans Climate Skeptical Ads | /TurnedNews.com.ca