Israel launches deadly strikes in Gaza, as violence persists . 3 killed including a baby

A baby and her pregnant mother were among three Palestinians killed by Israeli strikes in Gaza overnight Wednesday, officials said, as the Jewish state struck a series of targets in response to dozens of rockets fired at its territory.
A baby and her pregnant mother were among three Palestinians killed by Israeli strikes in Gaza overnight Wednesday, officials said, as the Jewish state struck a series of targets in response to dozens of rockets fired at its territory.

Israel carried out a major wave of strikes across the Gaza Strip overnight in response to some 150 rockets fired at its territory, leaving three Palestinians including a toddler dead in another severe flare-up of violence, officials said Thursday.

Most of the rockets fired by Palestinian militants landed in open areas, but at least two hit the Israeli town of Sderot near the Gaza Strip and sirens sounded throughout the night, sending residents to bomb shelters.

Medics reported at least four wounded taken to Israeli hospitals, including a 30-year-old Thai woman in moderate to severe condition.

Those killed in the Gaza Strip included Enas Khammash, 23, and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled enclave.

They were killed in an airstrike in Jafarawi in central Gaza, the ministry said, while her husband was injured. The ministry said Khammash was also pregnant.

A Hamas militant was also killed in the strikes and at least 12 others injured, the health ministry said.

It was the third severe flare-up of violence since July and came despite attempts by UN officials and Egypt to secure a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas.

The three flare-ups, which follow months of tensions due to protests and clashes along the Gaza border, have raised fears of a fourth war between the two sides since 2008.

Israel’s military said it targeted more than 140 Hamas “military sites”, including military compounds and weapons manufacturing sites for the Islamist movement.

It said Israel was targeted with around 150 rockets from late Wednesday into Thursday. Twenty-five of them were intercepted by air defence systems, according to the army.

Smoke plumes and fireballs could be seen over the Gaza Strip as the strikes were being carried out.

The military said it was “determined to secure the safety of the citizens of Israel and is on high alert and prepared for a wide variety of scenarios.”

A statement from the military wing of Hamas claimed responsibility for the rockets.

It said the Palestinian “resistance” had fired a large number of rockets at “enemy positions in the Gaza envelope”.

Israeli television broadcast images of a house and cars damaged by the rockets in Sderot.

‘Deeply alarmed’

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN envoy for the Middle East conflict who has been seeking to negotiate a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas, said he was “deeply alarmed” and called on all sides to “step back from the brink.”

“For months I have been warning that the humanitarian, security and political crisis in Gaza risks a devastating conflict that nobody wants,” he said in a statement.

“Our collective efforts have prevented the situation from exploding until now. If the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people.”

The flare-up that began Wednesday night followed an incident the previous day.

In that incident, two fighters from the military wing of Hamas were killed by Israeli fire along the border.

Israel initially said the two fighters were shooting at Israeli soldiers, but Hamas said they were involved in a training exercise that senior officials were attending.

Israeli media reported that army officials had later acknowledged a mistake had been made and the militants had not been firing at soldiers, though the military would not confirm that information to AFP.

Hamas warned Israel it would pay for the attack, and on Wednesday the army said shots had been fired at civilian engineers working on an underground barrier along the border, prompting the military to respond with tank fire at a Hamas post.

That was followed by the rocket fire and then the Israeli strikes.

The escalation comes after the Hamas leadership convened for a rare meeting in Gaza on Friday.

The gathering had raised hopes a deal for a lasting truce with Israel, with the backing of Egypt and the United Nations.

Protests and clashes along the Gaza border since the end of March have seen at least 165 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire.

The majority were killed during protests and clashes, but others have died in airstrikes or tank fire.

One Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.

(AFP)

  • Niemals

    Strange that those killed in the Gaza Strip was Enas Khammash, 23, and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled enclave.
    Are the Israelis so skilled that they succeed always to hit only women and kids, or the ‘men’ hiding in their tunnels?

    Is it the start of the invasion of Gaza according to unnamed and unverified source, that I commented about a week ago?

    • vs

      Let it be invasion of f*cked Gaza by Kurds or Chinese

    • Hind Abyad

      “Analysis- Israel Denied There Was a Cease-fire With Hamas. It Now Owes the Public an Explanation
      The government’s silence about Gaza, compared to its regular running off at the mouth, has eroded the public’s faith in its leaders”

      Haaretz- Amos Harel Aug 10, 2018 3:17 PM

    • Hind Abyad

      Zionists are tough as long as they’re in their F-16s tanks, attack helicopters and navy vessels confronting Palestinians armed with rocks and balloons.

      • vs

        Because orabistinians are from stone age like you, silly cow

  • Niemals

    First Muslim before moving into US Congress.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/05ed545475e6a9aff1925ab96a90dacf20b39f29dc8d8ad699242317421b03dd.jpg
    Rashida Tlaib, daughter of Palestinian immigrants, belongs to the Democratic Party.
    Now the 42-year-old lawyer took the crucial hurdle on the way to the House of Representatives.

  • vs

    Will be good real peace when will be correct names. No such thing as any faliestinian thing. Just orabistinian

  • MaryTPresumptuous

    “‘For months I have been warning that the humanitarian, security and political crisis in Gaza risks a devastating conflict that nobody wants,'” is wrong, wrong, and wrong …

    There is no “humanitarian crisis”, but the normal dysfunction of the Arab poor’s inability to manage themselves and their economy to become self-sufficiently prosperous.

    There is no “security crisis”, but the clear evidence of Israel’s ability to protect itself from (an)other country(‘)s’ hostilities aimed at acquiring land and resources by force.

    There is no “political crisis” as the political system of palestine is functioning as the citizens have chosen it ought to be, as recently as 2007.

    Mladenov needs to get more perspective on his work and the UN’s mission, no less its abilities for affecting change.

    There is no “conflict that nobody wants”, but the conflict that the overwhelming majority of citizens of palestine want, as reflected in every public opinion poll taken over the last 60 years.

    So what if a baby was killed? Surely, that death is unnecessarily sad for the parents, but neither a “tragedy” nor an outcome undesired by the governments in Gaza and Area A of the West Bank. Was she the only child to have died prematurely in the Middle East during the last 90 days due to military action? Clearly not, so glorifying the one death is disrespectful to the many more Syrians and and and and who have died before their time.

    • Hind Abyad

      You’re a Fascist

      • vs

        go to hell infosharmuta, fascist are you

    • Hind Abyad

      I’ve read this it’s a copie paste of pro-Zionists article you publish here as if it was yours, no reference to the source

      • MaryTPresumptuous

        My opinions and words are mine and mine alone, yet as a lay person, I bear no obligation of academic transparency or journalistic practise. So prove to everyone here that my words are an appropriation of “a copie paste of pro-Zionists article” … if you can .. just for giggles.

        More likely, enjoy your feast of humble pie, for unlike the apparently behavioral norms of your tribe, being caught in a lie is dishonorable to every member of the world community of citizens and nations that matter.

        • vs

          This silly cow Abyad is antisemitic troll

          • Hind Abyad

            “vs – MaryTPresumptuous • 5 days ago
            This silly cow Abyad is antisemitic troll”
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        • Niemals

          Check Hind Abyad Tweeter Account, and you will discover her real dishonorable retweets and “👍”. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/adf014636811838c1100b78d7109ac3e3f17307e4623e290085285ed55c4842a.jpg
          I wouldn’t be surprise if this comment http://disq.us/p/1uoxyth was the trigger this time to hide her Twitter account – each time when I point out something interesting I find on Hind Abyad
          @AbyadHind Twitter account https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c8cfaa8b37004b297e1df6240ba842f3a4ba70bd2f167026b816214b7b032868.jpg she hides her Twitter account… 🤣 😎

          • Hind Abyad

            I don’t hide..i block you. You can’t live without me.
            IDF pedophiles
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/05fb80ea4a0c278498895314101a3d00e0c46326e441268a8142675599e7a13f.jpg

            “The Tzabars “For Palestine (the Land) and Palestinians (the People), the Sabbars are far from being nostalgia, they are subject to short memory and a lively present. They are there on the stolen land craving for the Palestinian Falahs who nourished them all throughout history. They are there on the land maintaining the history of the Palestinian villages. They are there loaded with fruit, awaiting Palestinian kids to come and grab their pears.

            As much as the Tzabar proclaims to be ‘tough and sweet’, the Sabbar is there to depict the facts on the ground:

            Palestine is a piece of Land, Israel and the Tzabar are just another passing moment in a phantasmic Jewish heroic phase. This phase is now entering its final stage and it will be coming to an end very soon.”
            Gilad

          • Hind Abyad

            Avrum Burg, I read your new book, “Defeating Hitler,” as a parting from Zionism. Am I wrong? Are you still a Zionist?

            “I am a human being, I am a Jew and I am an Israeli. Zionism was an instrument to move me from the Jewish state of being to the Israeli state of being. I think it was Ben-Gurion who said that the Zionist movement was the scaffolding to build the home, and that after the state’s establishment it should be dismantled.”

            So you confirm that you are no longer a Zionist?

            “Already at the First Zionist Congress, Herzl’s Zionism was victorious over the Zionism of Ahad Ha’am. I think that the 21st century should be the century of Ahad Ha’am. We have to leave Herzl behind and move to Ahad Ha’am.”

            Does this mean that you no longer find the notion of a Jewish state acceptable?

            “It can’t work anymore. To define the State of Israel as a Jewish state is the key to its end. A Jewish state is explosive. It’s dynamite.”

            And a Jewish-democratic state?

            “People find this very comfortable. It’s lovely. It’s schmaltzy. It’s nostalgic. It’s retro. It gives a sense of fullness. But ‘Jewish-democratic’ is nitroglycerine.”

          • Hind Abyad
        • Hind Abyad

          Pedantry. Even worst.. your ‘own words’.
          Why you respond to Mladenov on yalib? Does he come here?

          Nickolay Mladenov “For months I have been warning that the humanitarian, security and political crisis in Gaza risks a devastating conflict that nobody wants,” he said in a statement./ just for giggles.

          Now, repeat this mantra 3 times, at each of the five salat each day for a month: “Mmmmm, mmmmm, good!”. What’s good?

          • vs

            rat, please don’t open your mouth

          • Hind Abyad

            “vs Hind Abyad • 3 days ago
            rat, please don’t open your mouth
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        • Hind Abyad

          Which Tribe?

  • Niemals

    The Israeli army declares that the South can return to routine. i.e: truce
    https://twitter.com/rc_schneider/status/1027791278598250497

    • Hind Abyad

      So what?

  • vs