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World Fear and sorrow in Gaza and Israel after another escalation

17:55  12 november  2019
17:55  12 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Israel kills Palestinian militant commander in Gaza strike

  Israel kills Palestinian militant commander in Gaza strike Israel's military killed a commander for Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, officials said, prompting retaliatory rocket fire. Islamic Jihad's armed wing announced the death in a statement, after Israel confirmed it had targeted Baha Abu Al-Ata, 42, in a strike. Islamic Jihad's armed wing announced the death in a statement, after Israel confirmed it had targeted Baha Abu Al-Ata, 42, in a strike. The group said Ata's wife was also killed.

Israel has killed a senior militant commander in a rare targeted strike in Gaza , prompting a barrage of rocket fire from the besieged enclave and igniting fears of another war. Iran-backed militant group confirms death of commander in Gaza , and claims Israel also targeted one of its leaders in Damascus.

The 2014 Israel – Gaza conflict also known as Operation Protective Edge (Hebrew: מִבְצָע צוּק אֵיתָן, Miv'tza Tzuk Eitan, lit. "Operation Strong Cliff") and sometimes referred to as the 2014 Gaza war

Sirens wailed, residents ran to bomb shelters and both sides feared yet another war as an Israeli targeted strike killing an Islamic Jihad commander in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday sparked exchanges of fire.

Netanyahu tells Islamic Jihad 'stop these attacks or absorb more blows'

  Netanyahu tells Islamic Jihad 'stop these attacks or absorb more blows' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza must stop rocket attacks or "absorb more and more blows" as an escalation of violence raged for a second day. "They have one choice: to stop these attacks or absorb more and more blows. Their choice," Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting, adding that Israel was not seeking a further escalation.He reiterated his warning that "this could take time" and said Israel would respond to attacks "without mercy.

The funeral of Israeli soldier Major Amotz Grinberg, 45, has been held in Hod Hasharon. Tributes were paid to Grinberg, who died on Saturday in a missile

The Gaza – Israel conflict is a part of the localized Israeli –Palestinian conflict, but is also a scene of power struggle between regional powers including Egypt, Iran and Turkey together with Qatar, supporting different sides of the conflict in light of the regional standoff between Iran and Saudi Arabia

The escalation sent shock waves through the coastal strip and into the heartland of the Jewish state.

The dawn raid killed Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu Al-Ata and his wife, triggering waves of rocket fire into Israel which sent residents rushing for cover across the south and centre of the country.

Israel blamed Ata for previous rocket fire and other attacks against it, calling him a "ticking bomb" who was planning more violence.

Israel launched air raids after the retaliatory rockets, targeting what it said were Islamic Jihad militant sites and rocket-launching squads.

In the Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv and other locations, the Israeli army ordered anyone not in "essential" occupations -- such as hospital staff -- to stay home.

Deadly Israel-Gaza escalation rages for second day

  Deadly Israel-Gaza escalation rages for second day Exchanges of fire triggered by Israel's targeted killing of a top militant in Gaza raged for a second day Wednesday and showed little sign of easing, with 22 Palestinians killed. Exchanges of fire triggered by Israel's targeted killing of a top militant in Gaza raged for a second day Wednesday and showed little sign of easing, with 22 Palestinians killed.

The European Union issued a statement Tuesday on the security situation in Israel and Gaza after Israel conducted an operation targeting a senior leader of the Palestinian “A rapid and complete de- escalation is now necessary to safeguard the lives and security of Palestinian and Israeli civilians.”

Bombing in JerusalemFear of escalation . Israel 's response to a bus-stop bombing in Jerusalem. A FATAL bombing at a bus-stop in Jerusalem on Wednesday has been followed by Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip and a string of Palestinian rockets flying across the Gaza border into Israel during

Some who arrived before getting the message found their office doors locked.

Kindergartens, schools and universities in parts of the country were closed, forcing what Israeli media said were about a million pupils and students to miss classes.

- Rocket fire -

Schools were also closed throughout the Gaza Strip, where Palestinians feared yet another full-blown conflict -- which would be a fourth since 2008.

Just south of Tel Aviv, a rocket fell on the seaside town of Rishon Lezion, crashing onto a street close to an upscale residential district.

A 62-year-old local resident who gave her name only as Ruty was philosophical, pitying those who live next to the Gaza border.

"The poor people in the south," she said. "They live this every day so we can't complain when it comes to us sometimes."

Further south, near the port of Ashdod, a rocket slammed into a busy highway, narrowly missing several speeding vehicles and exploding in an orange ball and a cloud of smoke, video from traffic cameras showed.

Israeli military says it's 'raining rockets' from Gaza; Islamic Jihad launching one every 7 minutes since leader killed

  Israeli military says it's 'raining rockets' from Gaza; Islamic Jihad launching one every 7 minutes since leader killed The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Wednesday that it is “raining rockets” across the country, with Islamic Jihad firing one projectile every seven minutes since a senior commander of the terror group was killed by the Israeli military in a targeted airstrike Tuesday morning.Bahu Abu al-Ata, 42, and his wife were killed as they slept in their home in eastern Gaza, IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said. Conricus added that Ata was responsible for a number of recent rocket attacks on southern Israel and claimed he was actively planning new attacks.

Israel refused to comment. As the sound of Palestinian rockets and Israeli air strikes echoed Both sides expected further escalation after the funeral, but the extent of it appeared to hinge on whether the Another air strike in Gaza hit two men riding a motorcycle, killing one and wounding the other.

• The death toll in the protests on Monday, in which Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators, reached 60 overnight and one person was reported killed on Tuesday. • The center of Gaza City was calm after the militant group Hamas, which rules the territory

- 'We are afraid' -

In the town of Sderot, within sight of the Gaza Strip and a constant target for cross-border fire, a rocket hit a factory, setting it ablaze although there were no reported casualties there.

"We woke up and saw the news regarding the assassination (of Al-Ata) and we celebrated," said local resident Netanel, 24, who did not give his surname.

"The Islamic Jihad people wake up in the morning with the goal of destroying, killing and causing losses."

Gaza's health ministry reported a total of five people killed and 30 wounded in the Palestinian enclave.

Israeli medics said they had treated 39 people for a range of injuries.

Gaza resident Amin Dalloul, 31, called the latest spiral of violence a ploy by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who could be indicted for corruption in the coming weeks.

"The (Israeli) occupation wants a new war on Gaza to save Netanyahu and hence the Zionist decision to return to the assassinations," he said.

Abeer Hassan, 37, was worried at the prospect of a full-blown Israeli offensive.

"We are afraid," she said. "We do not want new wars."

Pompeo announces reversal of longstanding US policy on Israeli settlements .
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a major reversal of the US' longstanding policy on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, rejecting a 1978 State Department legal opinion that deemed the settlements "inconsistent with international law."US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a major reversal of the US' longstanding policy on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, rejecting a 1978 State Department legal opinion that deemed the settlements "inconsistent with international law.

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