The Israel Defense Forces pledged to defend adherents of all religions during Ramadan, Pesach and Passover

The international spokesperson for Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hechtassured that his troops were committed to defend the faithful of all religions during the Ramadan, Pesach and Easter and so guarantee freedom of worship.

In a message posted on IDF social media, Hecht reviewed operational events over the past 48 hours. “Civilians in northern and southern Israel have been targeted. aggressive rocket attacks launched by the terrorist organization Hamas”, explained the spokesperson.

In response, Hecht specified that the IDF reached Hamas terrorist targets in Gaza and South Lebanonwhile noting that the air defense system (Iron Dome) intercepted rockets, “saving countless lives and preventing large-scale damage on the home front.”

“The IDF is actively seeking to de-escalate the situation to ensure freedom of worship and the safety of civilians of all faiths as they celebrate Passover, Ramadan and Easter,” he concluded.

A woman prays as Palestinian Muslims attend Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, in the Old City of Jerusalem, April 7. of 2023. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (AMMAR AWAD/)

Palestinian militias of the Gaza Strip shot at dawn this Friday 44 rockets toward Israelin a new day of violence also marked by Israeli retaliatory bombardments both in the Palestinian enclave and against targets of the Islamist Hamas movement in southern Lebanon.

Of the total number of projectiles launched, nine were missed shots, 12 hit the Mediterranean Sea and 23 crossed into Israeli territory. Among those who crossed, 14 fell in unpopulated areasEight were intercepted by Israeli air defense systems and one hit a residence in the Sderot community, causing damage but no injuries.

These attacks come after a significant rise in tension, with the launch of 36 rockets from Lebanon this Thursday – the largest attack from that country since 2006 – and seven projectiles from Gaza.

Israel blamed Palestinian groups for the shooting from Lebanon and warned that it will not allow Hamas to “operate from inside” that country.

On the other hand, two Israeli women were shot dead and another was seriously injured after an attack in the West Bank.

the rescue service Magen David Adom of Israel said both women, in their 20s, were killed and another woman in her 40s was seriously injured near the settlement of Hamra in the Jordan Valley.

Medics said they removed the three unconscious women from their car, which apparently crashed after a Palestinian allegedly opened fire on it from a nearby vehicle. The Israeli army claimed that security forces were searching for the attacker.

Police officers work at the scene of a shooting in the Jordan Valley, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, April 7, 2023. REUTERS/Mohammed Torokman
Police officers work at the scene of a shooting in the Jordan Valley, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, April 7, 2023. REUTERS/Mohammed Torokman (MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/)

The current escalation of tension began in the early hours of Wednesday with Clashes between Israeli Police and Palestinian worshipers at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. These disturbances left a balance of more than 30 Palestinians injured and about 350 detained, and triggered the launch -from Gaza- of the first rockets of the current exchange of fire.

Meanwhile, the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon (FINUL) assured this Friday that both the nation of cedars and Israel have informed them that “They don’t want a war.”

(With information from EFE)

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