Thursday, 5 May 2016

Tensions escalate in Gaza with Israeli airstrikes, Palestinian mortar rounds

Tensions continued to escalate in the besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday afternoon, with Israeli forces carrying out a number of airstrikes as they accused Palestinian resistance forces of targeting its troops with mortar rounds.

Airstrikes hit in the southern Gaza Strip at around 5 p.m., targeting the Abu al-Rus area in eastern Rafah.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they were looking into the reports.

Four Palestinians, including three children, were injured earlier in the day when Israeli forces carried out several airstrikes across the small Palestinian territory, one of which hit a metal workshop in the al-Zaytoun neighborhood southeast of Gaza City. The strike injured 65-year-old Hassan Hassanien and three children from the family, who were all taken to the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.

Israeli forces also carried out several airstrikes in an open area of the al-Sorany mountain east of Gaza City.

The southern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya was struck by two rockets which destroyed a location allegedly being used by the Hamas movement. No deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army reported that mortar rounds had been fired at its troops near the Gaza border on Thursday afternoon, adding that there were no injuries. It claimed that this was the 10th incident of the sort since Tuesday. more