“Israel” Occupation Forces Launch Fresh Attack on Gaza Strip
By Staff, Agencies
The “Israel” Occupation Forces [IOF] has launched fresh attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip, after “Israeli” troops martyred two Palestinian teenagers during anti-occupation protests near the fence separating the coastal sliver from the occupied territories.
Palestinian media reported that an “Israeli” tank shelled an outpost purportedly belonging to the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement north of Beit Hanoun and a regime drone struck a Hamas observation post near Beit Lahia early on Saturday.
There were no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.
The IOF confirmed the attack and said it was in response to five rockets allegedly fired by Hamas into the occupied territories on Friday night, setting off sirens in “Israeli” settlements along the Gaza border as well as the settlement of Sderot.
It added that no casualties were caused by the rockets, one of which landed in an open field outside Sderot.
The IOF frequently bombs the besieged Gaza Strip, with civilians being the main target of such attacks.
The rockets fired hours after “Israeli” troops martyred two Palestinians, Ali al-Ashqar, 17, who was shot in the head east of Jabalya, while 14-year-old Khaled Abu Bakr al-Rubaie was shot dead east of Gaza City.
“Israeli” forces also wounded at least 66 other Palestinian protesters, 38 from gunfire, in demonstrations along the border.
Palestinians have held weekly rallies in the area since last year to protest the siege on the enclave and stress the right to return of the refugees who have fled “Israeli” aggression since 1948.
At least 307 Palestinians have been martyred by “Israeli” forces ever since the Right of Return March protest rallies began in the besieged Gaza Strip on March 30, 2018. Over 18,000 Palestinians have also sustained injuries.
Gaza has been under “Israeli” siege since June 2007, which has caused a decline in living standards.
The “Israeli” entity has also launched three major wars against the enclave since 2008, caused the martyrdom of thousands of Gazans each time and shattering the impoverished territory’s already poor infrastructure.