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Netanyahu orders army to launch 'more strikes' on Gaza

May 5, 2019 at 3:50 pm

Three Palestinians were killed by Israeli air strikes on the blockaded Gaza strip, on 5 May 2019 [Mohammad Asad – Middle East Monitor]

Pressing ahead with Israeli aggression, Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he had ordered his army to continue striking Palestine’s blockaded Gaza strip, Israeli media reported, Anadolu reports.

At a Security Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said he had ordered the Israeli army “to continue their strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip,” adding that the Israeli army “is beefing up its armored forces, artillery batteries and infantry troops in the Gaza border area,” Yediot Aharonot daily reported.

The Security Cabinet decided to continue the military attacks on Gaza, Israel’s Channel 13 reported.

A source from the Cabinet told the channel that it will not accept a proposal of calm in exchange for calm, saying that any pause will come with Israeli conditions.

READ: Pregnant mother and 14-month-old daughter among Gaza dead

Since Saturday, 12 Palestinians, including a pregnant woman and her infant child, have been martyred and 83 others wounded by Israeli air strikes.

Two Israelis have been killed since Saturday by Palestinian resistance factions’ rocket attacks in response to Israeli raids Friday which left four Palestinians martyred. Another 84 Israelis have received medical treatment, including 62 for panic attacks.

At least 200 civilian targets have been hit in Israeli raids in the Gaza Strip since Saturday, including seven residential houses.

The escalation in the Gaza Strip started when four Palestinians were martyred, including a teenager, and 51 wounded on Friday in Israeli attacks on Hamas-affiliated sites and a separate attack on a Palestinian rally against the decade-long occupation and siege of the Gaza Strip.