Photo: AFP
Palestinians inspect the damage after an Israeli strike
Photo: AFP

Gaza militants say they won't turn blind eye on latest Israeli strikes

Report in a Palestinian news site quotes a military commander in the enclave, who claims the factions find it unacceptable that Israel has frozen all talks on potential long-term ceasefire arrangement and Gaza 'won't be held prisoner to Israeli elections'

Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip said they will not turn a blind eye on the latest Israeli airstrikes in the enclave that left one man dead and several others wounded, according to the public broadcaster KAN that quotes a report in the Palestinian Dunya al-Watan news site on Sunday.



Over the weekend, an exchange of blows between Israel and Hamas broke a monthlong lull in violence on the volatile Gaza border. Palestinian militants fired a barrage of rockets into Israeli communities bordering the enclave on Friday evening, with a house in the town of Sderot suffering a direct hit. Israeli military retaliated early Saturday morning with a series of airstrikes on militant sites, resulting in the death of Ahmed al-Shehri, 27, who died from shrapnel injuries.


Palestinians inspect the damage after an Israeli strike (Photo: AFP)
Palestinians inspect the damage after an Israeli strike (Photo: AFP)


Nael Abu Odeh, a military commander in the Strip, claims the terror groups conveyed to the Egyptian delegation mediating a long-term ceasefire arrangement between Israel and Hamas, that it's unacceptable that Israel put the talks between the two sides on hold due to not having a steady government.


According to the report, Israel said it indents to continue with the long-term ceasefire negotiations only after a new government coalition is formed, but “in Gaza it was made clear to them we would not be held prisoners to Israeli elections.


A house in Sderot which suffered a direct hit (Photo: Roee Idan)
A house in Sderot which suffered a direct hit (Photo: Roee Idan)


Although it was not immediately clear whether the Palestinian killed in IDF attack belonged to Hamas' military wing, the terror group also issued a statement on Saturday, threatening to respond to "Israel's crimes and aggression against our people and their courageous resistance."


"It is a dangerous escalation that violates the rights of innocent civilians," said the terror group. "Israel will bear the consequences of its actions."


Associated Press contributed to this report



פרסום ראשון: 11.03.19, 09:12
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