“We, from our perspective, don’t care an excessive amount of which group pulled the set off,” stated Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, the spokesman for the Israel Protection Forces. “For us, there’s one deal with, and that’s Hamas. They’re those who management entry to the fence. No one has entry to it with out Hamas’s approval.”
Well being officers in Gaza had confirmed two accidents as of 11 p.m. Hamas stated it had fired on Israeli jets, however Israel stated its planes all returned to base safely.
After the airstrikes, air-raid sirens sounded in southern Israel, and Israel stated a rocket fired from Gaza had landed on the roof of the secure room in a house in Sha’ar HaNegev, which girds the northeastern nook of Gaza. However the rocket didn’t explode on impression, in line with Israeli information stories.
A second wave of Israeli airstrikes, round 2:30 a.m. Sunday, hit 10 targets in all, eight of them close to Deir El Balah, the Israeli army stated. False alarms set off sirens in southern Israel through the strikes early Sunday, it stated.
Tensions have been constructing for months between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that guidelines Gaza, as a humanitarian crisis intensifies within the cramped coastal enclave of two million Palestinians.
Already beleaguered by Israel’s decade-old blockade of the strip, Gazans had been made to endure much more final 12 months when the Palestinian Authority, run by Fatah, imposed harsh new restrictions in an influence battle with Hamas, its archrival. An try at reconciliation between the 2 final fall has since slowed down, and a standoff over salaries and income has despatched the territory’s financial system into free-fall, with many anticipating a battle with Israel consequently.
Colonel Conricus stated the Israeli troopers, whose accidents weren’t life-threatening, had been damage as they inspected a Palestinian flag that had been positioned alongside the Gaza-Israel fence Friday morning amid a chaotic riot of a whole lot of protesters, who had been throwing rocks and attempting to tear down the fence — and who had been additionally obscured from view by a morning fog.
He stated the episode confirmed that Israel was proper to deal with protests on the Gaza fence as a army risk.
“We’ve been talking about these staged riots for a very long time,” Colonel Conricus stated. “When Hamas organizes these riots and pushes individuals in direction of the fence, what we’re saying is, this isn’t a peaceable demonstration, these individuals aren’t unarmed, they’re rioters — and among the many rioters are precise terrorist operatives who produce other issues in thoughts.”
Mr. Netanyahu, who wished the wounded troopers a speedy restoration from Munich, the place he was attending a security conference, additionally responded angrily to remarks by the prime minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, after he stirred new controversy in defending a Polish law that criminalizes references to Nazi killing websites through the Holocaust as “Polish loss of life camps.”
Requested by an Israeli journalist, Ronen Bergman, if it might violate the brand new legislation for him to debate how his Jewish dad and mom had solely escaped from Poland as a result of they discovered that their neighbors had been about to tell on them to the Nazis, Mr. Morawiecki stated that “after all” it was “not going to be seen as legal to say that there have been Polish perpetrators, as there have been Jewish perpetrators, as there have been Russian perpetrators, as there have been Ukrainian,” along with Germans.
The point out of “Jewish perpetrators” of the Holocaust, in the identical breath as Germans and Poles, prompted a new round of denunciations and calls for for motion in Israel.
“The Polish prime minister’s remarks right here in Munich are outrageous,” Mr. Netanyahu stated in a press release. “There’s a drawback right here of an incapability to know historical past and an absence of sensitivity to the tragedy of our individuals. I intend to talk with him forthwith.”