A barrage of missiles towards Israel, air strikes on Gaza

This new exchange of fire on Wednesday evening raises fears of a military escalation against the backdrop of tensions related to the holy sites in Jerusalem.

On Thursday, April 21, Palestinian armed factions launched a barrage of rockets from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, which carried out a series of raids in this area controlled by Islamist Hamas, raising fears of a new military escalation amid tensions linked to the holy sites in Jerusalem.

On Wednesday evening, a missile, the second of its kind during the week, was launched from the Gaza Strip and landed in a field in the Israeli town of Sderot (south), without causing any casualties. Meanwhile, the Israeli army carried out a series of raids in the middle of this small area with a population of 2.3 million, according to witnesses and security sources. “Israeli warplanes targeted military sites and the entrance to a tunnel leading to an underground complex where chemicals used to propel missiles are stored.”According to the Israeli army. “These strikes on the Gaza Strip will increase the determination of our people and the resistance (…) to defend our holy sites in Jerusalem, regardless of the sacrifices.”Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said in a statement.

Shortly after these retaliatory strikes, four more missiles were fired at Israel, which were intercepted by a missile shield.iron domeThe army said as sirens sounded in the middle of the night in Israeli towns bordering the Gaza Strip. The exchange of fire – the second this week and the most intense since the 11-day war between Israel and Hamas ended in May 2021 – follows weekend clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police on the square of Jerusalem mosques. , the third holiest site in Islam and the first holiest site in Judaism under the name of the Temple Mount.

In a statement Thursday morning, the Israeli police said:Dozens of protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails from Al-Aqsa Mosqueagainst the police. “A violent group prevents Muslim worshipers from entering the mosque and harms the placeSeven Palestinians from East Jerusalem are suspected of participating on Wednesday in theviolent accidentsPolice said they were also arrested in the square.

“excitement”

Palestinians and many of the region as a gesture of provocation. On Wednesday evening, the Israeli police prevented hundreds of nationalist Jewish demonstrators from approaching the Muslim Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem to avoid clashes that could lead to an escalation between Israeli and Palestinian movements.

I will not allow Ben Gvir’s political provocation to endanger Israeli soldiers and police and complicate their mission.”

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

National organizations had called for a large march in the Old City of Jerusalem, where the mosques’ campus is located, a demonstration they considered a gesture. “excitement” from the government. More than a thousand demonstrators, waving Israeli flags, gathered at dawn today in Indulgence Square, near the City Hall, opposite the Old City. Hundreds of protesters tried to approach Bab al-Amoud, the main entrance to the Muslim quarter of the city. But the police prevented these protesters, including many supporters of the far-right MP Itamar Ben Gvir, who were prevented by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett from entering these places earlier today.

‘Deeply concerned’

“I will not allow Ben Gvir’s political provocation to endanger Israeli soldiers and police and further complicate their mission.”said the prime minister. “I say it clearly (…), I will not bow”Responded to Agence France-Presse Itamar Ben Gvir. By what law does not allow me to enter the gate of the column?

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is “Extremely concerned about the deteriorating situation in Jerusalem”His spokesperson is in New York on Wednesday. “He is in contact with all parties to reduce tensions and prevent incitement and rhetoric.” Clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and the occupation police, on Friday and Sunday, resulted in the injury of more than 170 people in the square of mosques, while Muslim celebrations coincided with the month of Ramadan and Easter.


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