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Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza in pre-dawn raid

Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza in pre-dawn raid

Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza in pre-dawn raid

Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza in pre-dawn raid

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  • Israel launched air attacks on Gaza on Monday.
  • One person was murdered in a pre-dawn Israeli army operation in Nablus.
  • Since the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel has occupied the West Bank.
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According to the army, Israel launched air attacks on Gaza on Monday in response to a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave over the weekend, as unrest in the occupied West Bank remained.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, one person was murdered in a pre-dawn Israeli army operation in Nablus, in the northern West Bank, which has seen near-constant violence in recent months.

The army did not respond immediately to the Nablus raid.

But in Gaza, it said it had struck “an underground complex containing raw materials used for the manufacturing of rockets”.

The strikes were “in response to the Saturday rocket launch from Gaza into Israel,” the army claimed in a statement.

According to the military, air raid sirens blasted in neighborhoods near the Gaza border following the Israeli strikes.

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Following the current round of missile firing, there were no reported deaths in Gaza or Israel.

However, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has seen a significant surge in bloodshed.

Following the latest killing in Nablus, the violence has claimed the lives of 47 Palestinian adults and children, including militants and civilians, since the beginning of the year.

During the same time period, nine Israeli civilians, including three children, and one Ukrainian civilian were murdered.

In reaction to tragic Palestinian attacks in occupied east Jerusalem, Israel’s security cabinet declared late Saturday that it will legalize nine West Bank Jewish communities.

According to a security cabinet statement, many of the newly authorized communities have existed for years, and some for decades, but have never been recognized as legal by Israel’s government.

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Israel has occupied the West Bank

Since the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel has occupied the West Bank.

Around 475,000 Jewish settlers now reside in Palestinian territory, in enclaves that are illegal under international law.

The majority of that population lives in settlements that Israel has unilaterally authorized, although others reside in communities that have not received government approval.

The security cabinet also stated that it expects to launch a fresh phase of settler housing construction in the West Bank, a move that will almost certainly be met with considerable international condemnation.

During a visit to the region last month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned against further settlement expansion.

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The conservative government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also ordered an increased security presence in Israel-annexed east Jerusalem, the site of two recent deadly attacks targeting civilians.

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