The Israeli aircraft bombed again this Wednesday military installations belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group (YIP) in the Gaza Stripafter launching several airstrikes yesterday in which 15 people diedincluding the three main leaders of the organization in the enclave.
“The Israeli army attacked operatives of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization who were at a rocket launch site in the Gaza Strip,” a military spokesman confirmed.
Palestinian sources in Gaza reported that Israeli warplanes hit a JIP military facility in the city of Khan Younissouth of the strip.
Earlier, the Israeli Army spokesman, Daniel Haganihad said that “anything can happen today” yet, including firing rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel, although he admitted that it is “surprising” and “unusual” that there has been no response yet after yesterday’s Israeli bombardments on the enclave.
“Anything can happen today, we must be vigilant and be responsible. Surprisingly and unusually, no rockets were fired at Israel. Hamas is the ruler in Gaza and its conduct speaks for itself”, warned the military spokesman in an interview on the official Army radio station.
Israel yesterday killed three top YIP leaders in Gaza in heavy simultaneous shelling.
The Chamber of Joint Military Operations, which brings together the Palestinian armed factions in Gaza – including the JIP and the Islamist movement Hamas – warned shortly after that Israel “he will pay the price of his aggression”in reference to a possible armed response that has not yet occurred.
Analysts say the Gaza terrorists did not respond last night as expected because they are looking for the factor of surprise and attack when Israel has dropped its guardalthough some media also point to the need for the YIP to rearrange having stayed yesterday headless with the “selective assassination” of its three main leaders in the strip.
Faced with the imminent threat from Gaza, the Israeli Army yesterday declared the emergency situation 40 kilometers around the enclave, an area in which schools, establishments and roads were closed; the population was asked to stay close to the bomb shelters and more than 200 families living closer to the separation fence were evacuated.
“We are going to try to see how we can allow more routine. Throughout the day we will assess the situation and perhaps we can release some places from the restrictions,” Hagari said.
It is expected that, if the situation remains calm throughout the day, the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahuwill meet again with his security cabinet to discuss the option of partially lifting the restrictions.
According to Israeli media, the egyptian mediators are at an advanced stage of talks to carry out a direct mediation with the leader of Islamic Jihad, Ziyad al Nakhalahwho is in Cairo and would have given instructions to avoid shooting for the moment.
(With information from EFE)
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