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.
A military spokesman also specified that the Israeli retaliatory bombardments hit three targets of the Palestinian group Hamas in southern Lebanon and 10 targets in the Gaza Strip.
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.
An Israeli military spokesman stressed that they assume that the shots on Thursday were carried out with the knowledge of the terrorist group Hezbollah and added that they also consider “the State of Lebanon responsible for every aggression that emanates from its territory.”
Asked about the continuation of hostilities, the spokesman made it clear that “no one wants an escalation right now” and that if the attacks stop, the bombings will stop.
However, the Army announced this Thursday the deployment of infantry and artillery troops on the borders with Gaza and Lebanonin order to “strengthen the defense against possible scenarios.”
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.”
“Both sides have said they don’t want a war. Actions taken over the past day are dangerous and pose a risk of serious escalation”, warned the Blue Helmets in a statement, while urging the two countries to stop “all” the attacks immediately.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) informed UNIFIL that they would respond with artillery to rocket fire from an area near the city of Tyre, in southern Lebanon, an action that the Jewish state attributed to Palestinian militias based there.
According to the note, “immediately” after receiving the notice from the IDF, members of the UN mission heard “loud explosions” in the vicinity of Tyre.
According to the version of the Jewish State, around 36 projectiles were launched this Thursday against its territorywhich would be the largest attack from Lebanon since the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.
(With information from EFE)
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