Before the Israeli Defense Minister vowed to continue military operations in Gaza until “completely quiet”, Hamas launched a deeper rocket into Israel.
After sirens sounded in the economic capital of Tel Aviv in the central part of the country and in the Jezreel Valley in the north, thousands of Israelis entered the shelter early on Thursday, the first since the unrest escalated this week. Say it once. There was no immediate news of casualties in the pre-dawn volley.
According to an Agence France-Presse reporter, Israel continued its air strikes in Gaza on Thursday. Since Monday, the Israeli military has conducted hundreds of air strikes in Gaza, killing four senior Hamas commanders and more than a dozen Hamas workers. The target is two high-rise buildings containing apartments and offices in Gaza City.
According to the enclave’s Ministry of Health, at least 67 people have been killed in Gaza since the violence escalated on Monday. Medical staff said that seven people were killed in Israel.
As the crisis continues to intensify, US energy company Chevron (Chevron) said that as a precaution, it has shut down the Tamar gas platform along the Israeli coast. Israel said it will continue to meet its energy needs.
At least two American airlines cancelled flights to Tel Aviv on Wednesday and Thursday. Israel temporarily suspended operations at Ben Gurion Airport after launching a rocket in Tel Aviv on Monday. Israel said that the national airline El Al is ready to provide supplementary flights at any time.
The barrage in Tel Aviv on Thursday prompted the diversion of Israel’s Al Al flight from Brussels from its original destination Ben Gurion to Ramon Airport in the south. Due to the conflict, this seems to be the first time Israel has used Ramon to replace Ben Gurion. Aviation tracker Avi Scharf (Avi Scharf) said that due to bad weather, the flight had been diverted before.
The latest turmoil occurred after the dialogue between US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Biden expressed the hope that the recent upsurge of violence will end soon. He said: “My expectation and hope is that this will end soon, but Israel has the right to defend itself.”
Biden did not explain the reason behind his optimism. Netanyahu’s office said he told the US President that Israel will “continue to take action against the military capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist organizations active in the Gaza Strip”.
When it was reported that the Egyptian mediator was trying to reach an agreement to end the fighting, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said: “Israel is not preparing for a ceasefire. There is currently no end date for this operation. Only if We can talk about peace when we are completely quiet.”
The US State Department said US Secretary of State Tony Brinken condemned the rocket attack during a call with Palestinian President Abbas on Wednesday and emphasized the need to reduce tensions. Abbas is a rival of Hamas, and his power is limited to the West Bank occupied by Israel.
The U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Israel and Palestine, Hady Amr, will immediately travel to the region to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The White House stated that it will nominate vacant positions in the U.S. Embassy in Israel in the coming weeks.
According to the latest estimates by the Israeli army, since the escalation of hostilities on Monday night, Hamas has fired about 1,500 rockets from Gaza into Israeli territory. The Army said that about 350 rockets failed to launch, and Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system intercepted hundreds more.
The Israeli military said earlier that it had already killed four senior Hamas commanders in a “complex and homogeneous operation” with the New Beit Security Agency. A security agency statement stated that the dead included Bassem Issa, commander of the Gaza City Brigade, the network commander and the head of the Hamas production network.
Netanyahu said: “We eliminated senior Hamas commanders. This is just the beginning.” “We will impose on them the blow they even dreamed of.” He added that the Israeli military will use “increase.” Soldiers”.
In air strikes and rocket attacks, towns where Jews and Arabs live together were hit by Israel’s worst community violence in years.
Late Wednesday, a group of far-right Israelis dragged a man they thought was an Arab from his car and beat him until he lay motionless and bleeding on the ground.
The footage of the attack on Bat Yam on the outskirts of Tel Aviv was broadcast live on TV, but the police and emergency services did not arrive at the scene until 15 minutes later, while the victim was lying motionless in the middle of the street.
With Reuters and AFP