An exchange of fire took place between Palestinian fighters and the occupation forces on the borders of the Gaza Strip, this evening, Saturday. Reuters reported that an Israeli soldier and two Palestinians, one of whom is 13, were seriously injured as a result. According to the services, 39 other citizens of the Gaza Strip were slightly injured. In response, Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas positions.
The fighting on the Gaza Strip border erupted in protests organized by Hamas and other Islamist organizations. According to the Israeli military, hundreds of Palestinians have gathered in a heavily guarded border area. The Israeli side said that some demonstrators tried to force the fence, while others threw explosives at Israeli soldiers. IDF soldiers [izraelskich sił zbrojnych – przyp. red.] They responded with riot control measures, including live ammunition when necessary.”
According to the medical services in the Gaza Strip, 41 people were injured as a result of the clashes. Two participants in the protests were seriously injured. One of them is 13 years old and is in critical condition after being shot in the head. The injuries sustained by the others were moderate. These are cases of gunshot wounds to the extremities, back or stomach.
According to the Israeli army, one of the Israeli border guards is in critical condition. The soldier was taken to the hospital.
Several Palestinian leaders delivered speeches near the site of the protests and urged Israel to lift restrictions on the Gaza Strip. Israel and Egypt close the Gaza Strip and restrict the movement of residents outside it. They explain this through the threat of radical Hamas.
Air attack on Hamas
In response to the shooting of a soldier, the IDF said fighters “bombed four arms depots and weapons manufacturing facilities owned by Hamas.” There were no reports of injuries.
In preparation for further hostilities, the army announced that it had sent additional troops to the border area with Gaza. Israeli media reported that the army has expanded the installation of the Iron Dome anti-missile system.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said Saturday’s air strikes showed that Israel was “trying to hide its defeat and disappointment in the face of our people’s steadfastness and courageous resistance.”
Fragile truce between Israel and Hamas
At the end of June, Israel agreed to release funds for the Qatari rescue plan for the Gaza Strip, which was considered a step towards consolidating the fragile truce established by Egyptian mediation after the 11-day conflict between Hamas and Israeli forces in May this year.
In recent years, Qatari authorities have diverted hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for electricity, help Hamas cover government officials’ salaries and provide monthly benefits to poor families. Qatar also financed the construction of new roads and hospitals in Gaza.
Israel and Egypt imposed a devastating blockade on the Gaza Strip in 2007 after Hamas seized power there. Israel says the restrictions are necessary to prevent Hamas – it says – from importing military assets.
Main image source: Reuters
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