Air strikes continue reinforcing Israel Gaza conflict
A number of rockets were fired from Gaza after Israel halted its operations earlier this week. Resultantly Israel resumed air strikes on Hamas-controlled Gaza.
Israel had accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal and ceased operations. Hamas declined the initiative as a “surrender”. Reportedly Palestine lost 192 people in eight days of Israeli air strikes. Israel reported the first fatality on Tuesday.
Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas militants firing rockets into Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel had “no choice” but increase its operations. Can one blame the country for protecting its own?
Hamas chose to continue fighting. By Tuesday 125 rockets had been fired into Israel. Netanyahu warned that if the rocket fire continued, Israel would hit back hard – and now it has.
What sparked the Israel Gaza conflict?
Tensions exploded in June when three Israeli teenagers, one with American citizenship and all them seminary students, were kidnapped and killed. They were hitchhiking in the West Bank. The kidnap took place on June 12 and their bodies were discovered on 30 June. Then Israel arrested more than 300 Palestinians, many of them members of Hamas. At this time Hamas warned Israel it had “opened up the gates of hell”. Hamas demands concessions, such as the lifting of the tight constraints Israel and Egypt execute on Gaza’s border, before they are prepared to consider any deal.
Egypt refuses to give up on diplomatic efforts after the setback, but the continuation of hostilities raises the question again of whether Israel will eventually order ground operations.
Israel Gaza Conflict – The consequences of continuation.
The IDF attacked 30 targets in Gaza, including 20 concealed rocket launchers, tunnels, a weapon storage facility and operational infrastructure used by a senior militant, after restarting its air strikes.
The terms of the Egyptian initiative was that after the ceasefire a series of meetings in Cairo would follow, with high-level delegations from the two sides.
According to Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan they only heard about the ceasefire initiative in the media and it could not be put in place without details of an agreement made known to Hamas.
The armed wing of Hamas ignored the ceasefire declaring its battle with Israel would “increase in ferocity and intensity”.
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