Gaza City -Tired Palestinians prepare for a dull feast on Thursday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.After weeks of protests and violence in Jerusalem, community violence broke out across Israel.
Since the Palestinian uprising or uprising in 2000, the latest outbreak of violence in the Middle East has penetrated deeper into Israel. Arabs and Jewish mobs raged in the streets, beating people wildly, burning cars, and diverting flights from the country’s main airport.
The last three wars between Israel and the militant Hamas rulers in Gaza were mainly confined to impoverished and blocked Palestinian territories and Israeli communities on the border. But, like the uprising, the battle that began in Jerusalem seems to be spreading everywhere, breaking the country̵
Eid al-Fitr is a festival that marks the end of a month of fasting throughout the day. It is usually a festive day when families buy new clothes and gather for a big meal.
But in Gaza, the militants fired one rocket after another, and the Israelis suffered more damage. Israel launched waves of heinous airstrikes, emitting thick smoke into the air. Since the rocket was launched on Monday, Israel has toppled two high-rise buildings after warning civilians to evacuate, which covered up Hamas facilities.
The Islamic militant group Hamas seized power in Gaza from rival Palestinian forces in 2007, urging the believer to mark the Eid al-Fitr prayers of the community in his home or the nearest mosque, rather than in the open air as traditionally done.
Hassan Abu Shaaban tried to relieve his mood by distributing candy to passers-by after praying, but he admitted that “Eid al-Fitr has no atmosphere at all.”
He said: “This is all air strikes, destruction and destruction.” “May God help everyone.”
A military spokesperson told Reuters that Israel has prepared combat troops on the Gaza border and is in “all stages of preparation for ground operations.” This reminds people of Israel’s actions during the Gaza War in 2014 and 2008-2009.
“The chief of staff is checking these preparations and providing guidance…. We have a headquarters and three mobile brigades in Gaza to prepare for this situation and various emergencies.”
Rocket attacks and air strikes continue
The Gaza militants continued to bombard Israel with rockets all day until early Thursday. The attack paralyzed the southern community near Gaza, but it also reached the Tel Aviv area from the north to the north for the second day in a row.
The Ministry of Transport said Israel has already begun to transfer some flights from Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv to Ramon Airport in the southernmost part of the country.
The Israeli military said that more than 1,600 rockets have been launched since Monday, of which 400 have not missed and landed in Gaza. Israel’s missile defense system intercepted 90% of rockets. The military said that Israeli airstrikes have hit about 600 targets in Gaza.
The footage shared by the Israeli military showed that early Thursday, there was a rocket impact between apartment buildings in Petah Tikva, a suburb of Tel Aviv, which apparently caused a fire. It said the strike injured the people and caused heavy losses.
The Gaza Ministry of Health said the death toll rose to 83 Palestinians, including 17 children and 7 women. Islamic Jihad confirmed the deaths of seven militants, while Hamas admitted that a senior commander and several other members were killed. Israel says the number of killings of militants is much higher than Hamas admits.
A total of seven people were killed in Israel, including four who died on Wednesday. Among them was a soldier who was hit by an anti-tank missile and a 6-year-old child was hit in a rocket attack.
Insufficient diplomatic effort
United Nations and Egyptian officials say that ceasefire efforts are ongoing, but there are no signs of progress. Israeli TV Channel 12 reported on Wednesday evening that the security cabinet of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had approved an expansion of the offensive.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the “indiscriminate launching of rockets” from civilian areas in Gaza to Israeli population centers, but he also urged Israel to show “maximum restraint.”
President Joe Biden called on Natanyahu to support Israel in defending his rights, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was sending a senior diplomat to the area to ease tensions.
Brinken also held talks with the Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday. Abbas’ Fatah faction controls the West Bank, but has little influence in the Gaza Strip controlled by Hamas. According to the appeal provided by the US State Department, the top US diplomat “expressed condolences for the deaths and injuries caused by violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories.”
The readout said: “The secretary condemned the rocket attacks and emphasized the need to reduce tensions and end the current violence. The secretary also stated that he believes that Palestinians and Israelis should enjoy equal measures of freedom, dignity, security and prosperity.” said.
Netanyahu threatens “iron fist”
The current outbreak of violence began in Jerusalem a month ago. During Ramadan, Israel adopted severe police tactics and Jewish settlers threatened to deport dozens of Palestinian families, which triggered protests and clashes with the police. The focus is the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was built on a hillside and is admired by Jews and Muslims. Police fired grenade at tear gas and demonstrators who threw stones at grenade.
Hamas, which claims to be defending Jerusalem, fired rockets in the city on Monday night, sparking days of fighting.
This battle took place in Israel that has not been seen for more than two decades, and caused violent clashes between Arabs and Jews in Israel. Netanyahu warned that he was prepared to “use an iron fist when necessary” to calm the violence.
But ugly clashes broke out across the country on Wednesday night. Despite the state of emergency and night curfew, Jews and Arab mobs are still fighting in the downtown city of Lod. In nearby Bat Yam, a group of Jewish nationalists attacked an Arab motorist, dragged him from the car and beat him until he was motionless.
The Israeli military said that in the occupied West Bank, Israel thwarted a Palestinian shooting that injured two people. The Palestinian Ministry of Health said the suspected gunman was killed. No details are available immediately.
It is unclear how the fighting in Gaza will affect Netanyahu’s political future. After the parliamentary elections in March were undecided, he failed to form a government coalition, and now his political opponents have three weeks to try to form a government coalition.
His rival has invited a small Islamic Arab party. But the longer the battle lasts, the more likely it is to hinder their attempts to form an alliance.