GAZA CITY, GAZA (AP) – The Israeli army released a wave of heavy air strikes in the Gaza Strip early Monday, saying it destroyed 15 kilometers (nine miles) of combat tunnels and the homes of the people. Command a group of nine Hamas.
Residents of the Gaza Strip, who had awoken from the levee overnight, said it was the heaviest incident since the start of the war last week and was even more powerful than a wave of air strikes in the region. The city of Gaza the previous day killed 42 people and three buildings flattened.The previous attack was the deadliest in the current round of the fighting. Between Israel and the Hamas ruler of Gaza
There was no word on the casualties from the latest strike. A three-story building in Gaza has been heavily damaged. But villagers said soldiers warned them 10 minutes before the strike and everyone cleared. They said multiple air strikes hit nearby farmland.
Gaza Mayor Yahya Sarraj told Al-Jazeera TV that the strike had wreaked havoc on roads and other infrastructure. “If the aggression continues, we expect conditions to worsen. ”He said.
The United Nations has warned that only power plants in the territory are at risk of running out of fuel, and Sarraj said the Gaza Strip is also low on spare parts. Gaza suffered a daily power outage for eight to 12 hours and the water supply was undrinkable. Mohammed Thabet, a spokesman for the local power distribution company, said there was fuel to power Gaza for two or three days, Airstrikes damaged the production line and its employees were unable to reach the affected area. Because of the continued firing of Israeli bullets, he added.
The war broke out on Monday when Hamas militants fired long-range rockets on Jerusalem after weeks of clashes in the holy city between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police.The protests focused on the preservation of sacred sites, especially during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, and the threat of eviction of dozens of Palestinian families. By Jewish settlers
Since then, the Israeli military has launched hundreds of air strikes, saying it is targeting Hamas terrorist infrastructure. Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired more than 3,100 rockets at Israel.
At least 188 Palestinians have died in the strike, including 55 children and 33 women, with 1,230 wounded.Eight people in Israel have died in rocket attacks from Gaza, including young boys. 5 years old and soldiers
“I’ve never seen this level of destruction in my 14 years working,” said Samir Al Khatib, an emergency rescuer in the Gaza Strip, “not even in the 2014 war,” he added, referring to the “civil war”. The previous three most devastating wars fought between Israel and Hamas.
The army said it had attacked nine houses in different areas of the northern Gaza Strip belonging to. The “senior commander” among the Hamas, an Islamic militant group that has taken control of the territory since it seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007.
In recent days, Israel has targeted the home of several senior Hamas leaders, including Gaza supreme leader Yehiyeh Sinwar. The group’s leaders landed when the fight began and no one was at home at the time of the strike.
Hamas and Islamic jihad militants said their warplanes were killed at least 20 people, while Israel said the numbers were much higher and had revealed more names and photographs of the commander of the combat force. Two dozen identified as being “eliminated”
The army said it had hit 35 “terrifying targets” as well as tunnels, which were identified as part of a complex system referring to the “subways” used by warplanes to defend against air strikes.
Despite the international efforts to stop shooting. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday the Israeli attack continued “at full strength” and would “take time.” “Israel” wanted to charge a hefty price. “With the Hamas armed group
Hamas’ supreme leader Ismail Haniyeh, who is based abroad, said the group had been contacted by the United States, Russia, Egypt and Qatar as part of the ceasefire effort, but “would not accept it.” A solution that does not depend on the sacrifice of Palestinian people ”
In an interview with Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, he blamed the war against Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and boasted that the rocket was a “Paralyzing the (Israel) hijacking organization by imposing curfews on its citizens and closing airports and seaports”
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi said his government was taking an “urgent” action to end the violence in its first opinion since the war. Egypt, which borders Gaza and Israel, played a key role in the brokerage ceasefire after previous rounds of fighting.
Israeli air strikes have leveled Gaza City’s tallest building, which Israel claims has Hamas military infrastructure. Among them is The Associated Press Gaza’s office residential building. And other media, Israeli soldiers have warned officers and citizens before the strike, and everyone can safely evacuate the building.
AP Executive Editor Sally Buzbee has called for an independent investigation into the air strikes.
Netanyahu said Hamas military intelligence was operating inside the building and said any evidence would be shared on Sunday via intelligence channels. Neither the White House nor the State Department will say if anyone has seen it.
The AP has been running from the building for 15 years, including the previous three wars between Israel and Hamas. The news agency’s cameras, working from the top-floor offices and roof terraces, presented live footage 24 hours a day as war rockets hit Israel, and Israeli air destroyed the city and its surroundings.
AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt released a statement. After Saturday’s attack, saying he was “shocked and terrified” that Israel was targeting the building, he said the AP had “no indication that Hamas was in the building or working in the building”.
“This is something that we fully investigate,” he said. “We will never intentionally put our journalists at risk.”
Krauss reports from Jerusalem Associated Press writer Bassem Mroue in Beirut and Samy Magdy in Cairo contributed.