Tel Aviv: Hamas Launches 130 missiles In Retaliation After Israeli Air Strikes
After week-long unrest between Israeli Forces and Palestinian Muslims, Hamas has launched 130 missiles at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv after major airstrikes in Gaza has so far killed 28 Palestinians and left several others wounded.
The 2014 war has erupted in severe violent clashes between Israel and Palestine as the rockets shot at Tel Aviv killed two Israeli women.
Hamas said it had shot hundreds of rockets at the city of Isreal in reprisal for the building that was destroyed in Gaza.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said, “Egypt extensively reached out to Israel and other concerned countries urging them to exert all possible efforts to prevent the deterioration of the situation.”
However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to shower more deaths on Gaza saying: “But we did not get the necessary response.”
According to Israel’s military, it is targeting militants in Gaza in response to previous rocket attacks.
On Tuesday, the death toll has soared to 20 in Gaza airstrikes with 520 reported injuries, the Palestinian health ministry said.
According to the reports, the victims included nine children. The youngest victim was 10-years-old, Gaza health officials told.
The Israeli military said it struck several Hamas targets in response to continued rocket fire out of Gaza. It said eight sites were struck.
Tensions in Jerusalem have been fuelled by the planned forced expulsions of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood and by an Israeli forces raid on Al Aqsa on one of the holiest nights of Ramadan.
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of an open-ended operation against Hamas. In a speech, Netanyahu accused the group of crossing a “red line” with the latest rocket fire and promised a tough response. “Whoever attacks us will pay a heavy price,” he said.
Earlier, calls for calm emitted in from the United States and the United Nations while the European Union and Jordan express deep concerns over this matter.
“Extremely Concerned About The Violence In Jerusalem”: US
The United Nations (UN) has prompted Israel to call off any forced ejections in Jerusalem, warning that its actions could raise to “war crimes”.
“We call on Israel to immediately call off all forced evictions,” UN rights office spokesman Rupert Colville told.
“We wish to emphasise that East Jerusalem remains part of the occupied Palestinian territory, in which international humanitarian law applies,” Colville said.
“The occupying power… cannot confiscate private property in occupied territory,” he said, adding that transferring civilian populations into the occupied territory was illegal under international law and “may amount to war crimes.”
Turkey Condemns Israels Attack On Al-Aqsa Mosque
Turkish officials have also condemned the raid by Israeli police on the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“Strongly condemning the attack this evening on al-Aqsa Mosque, our first Qibla. It is inhumane for Israel to target innocents praying during Holy Ramadan,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter.
“Will always stand by the just cause of the people of #Palestine,” Cavusoglu added.
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