Israel strikes overnight on the Gaza strip to target Hamas’ positions in response to the incendiary balloons fired across the border on Thursday.
The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) issued a statement saying,
Arson balloons are launching from the Gaza Strip into the Israel teritory over the last week. In response to that, Iraeli fighter jets and tanks targeted Hamas military posts in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli attacks hit Hamas observation posts near al-Maghazi and al-Bureij refugee camps and the town of Khan Younis. However, this week Hamas militants have also fired volleys of rockets in the sea after repeated fire exchange.
According to the Gaza security official, the continuous Israeli attacks caused severe damage to the site and homes. However, no casualties happened.
Despite the attempts of Egyptian security to end the flare-up, the border area has been witnessing the consecutive nine days of violence. It is followed by two weeks of rocket and fire-balloon attacks from Gaza and nightly Israeli raids.
Moreover, the coming 48 hours are crucial as per the local media. However, Qatar is trying to restore peace and is mediating between Hamas and Israel.
SANCTIONS IMPOSED BY ISRAEL ON GAZA STRIP:
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008. Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007. Since then Israel declared the Gaza Strip under Hamas-a hostile entity and approved a series of sanctions that include power cuts, heavily restricted imports, and border closures.
Recently, Israel has banned fishing off Gaza’s coast and closed the Kerem Shalom goods crossing. Also, cutting off deliveries of fuel to the territory’s sole power plant calling it penalty measures over incendiary balloon attacks.
Earlier, consumers have access to electricity for only about eight hours a day even before the shutdown. But now power supplies from the Israeli grid further cut down to four hours per day.
On Wednesday, the chairman of the Gaza Neonatal Network (GNN) warned that these power shortages threaten the lives of more than 100 newborn babies currently being in intensive care incubators in Gaza hospitals.
Besides this, according to the World Bank, more than half of the total 2 million population of the Gaza Strip live in poverty.