Israel attacks Gaza after rocket firing on Israel

The Israeli air force has announced that it has targeted “military sites”. US Secretary of State Blinken expressed his “deep concern” at the “growing tensions” in the West Bank.

The Israeli Air Force announced that it had carried out air strikes early Friday against “military sitesin the Gaza Strip after rocket firing from this Palestinian enclave into Israeli territory.

On Thursday evening, the Israeli army and local sources reported the first rocket launch since August from the Gaza Strip into Israel with some shells dropped in the enclave and another intercepted by the Israeli missile shield.

The return of Benjamin Netanyahu

These blows came soon after the election of Benjamin Netanyahu at the end of the Israeli legislative elections on Tuesday, but also after an Israeli raid in Jenin, a stronghold of Palestinian factions in the occupied West Bank, against a commander of Islamic Jihad, the second group. Palestinian armed Islamist after Hamas in power in the Gaza Strip.

In the aftermath of these shots,the Israeli army has targeted an underground military site for the production of rocketsHamas in the Gaza Strip, the army said in a statement. Security sources in Gaza have reported on their side about ten strikes out of two “military sitesat the center of this enclave of 2.3 million inhabitants.

American concern

At least 49 Palestinians, including fighters but also civilians including children, died August 5-7 in a clash between the Israeli army and the Islamic Jihad group in Gaza, an enclave under Israeli blockade since 2007.

The head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, expressed his “deep concern“as for”growing tensionsin the occupied West Bank during a Thursday evening conversation with outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

Antony Blinken said “his deep concern about the situation in the West Bank, including growing tensions, violence and the loss of both Israeli and Palestinian lives, and stressed the need for all parties to urgently reduce the situationThe US State Department said in a statement.

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