A barrage of missiles towards Israel, which launches new raids on Gaza

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Hamas officials and Israeli military sources said that the Israeli army launched air strikes in the central Gaza Strip in the early hours of Thursday morning after a missile fired from Palestinian territories landed in Israel. And in Jerusalem, incidents occurred in the morning in the courtyard of mosques.

Armed Palestinian factions launched a barrage of rockets from the Gaza Strip at Israel, on Thursday, April 21, and carried out a series of raids in this area controlled by Islamist Hamas, raising fears of a new military escalation amid tensions related to Jerusalem. places in Jerusalem.

And the occupation police said in a statement, this morning, Thursday, that “dozens of rioters threw stones and Molotov cocktails from Al-Aqsa Mosque” at the police. The statement added that “a violent group prevents Muslim worshipers from entering the mosque and harms the place.”

On Wednesday evening, a missile, the second of its kind this 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 eyewitnesses and security sources.

The Israeli army said that “Israeli warplanes targeted military sites and the entrance to a tunnel leading to an underground complex in which the chemicals used to propel missiles are stored.”

“Determination” and “resistance”

“These strikes on the Gaza Strip will increase the determination of our people and the resistance … to defend our sanctities in Jerusalem, regardless of the sacrifices,” Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said in a statement.

Shortly after the retaliatory strikes, four more missiles were fired at Israel, intercepted by the Iron Dome missile shield, the army said, as sirens sounded in the middle of the night in Israeli towns bordering the Gaza Strip.

These exchanges of fire, the second this week, come after the weekend clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli police on the square of the mosques of Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam and the first holy site in Judaism under the name of the Temple Mount. .

“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.

National organizations had called for a large rally in the Old City of Jerusalem, where the Mosque Square is located, a demonstration they considered a gesture of “provocation” on the part of 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 demonstrators 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.

UN ‘deeply concerned’

“I will not allow Ben Gvir’s political provocation to endanger Israeli soldiers and police and further complicate their task. I will not bow,” Prime Minister Itamar Ben Gvir told AFP. Are they allowed to enter through the column door? “

“The Secretary-General of the United Nations is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Jerusalem,” a spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said in New York on Wednesday. “He is in contact with all parties to reduce tensions and prevent incitement and rhetoric,” he added.

with AFP

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