Israeli airstrikes kill pregnant mother, toddler in Gaza

Aaron Brown
August 10, 2018

The Israeli army said on Thursday morning that it had pounded more than 140 targets in Gaza belonging to the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement.

It was the third severe flare-up of violence since July and came despite attempts by United Nations officials and Egypt to secure a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas.

Some 200 mortars and rockets were fired towards southern Israeli communities since Wednesday evening by Hamas and other terror groups in the coastal enclave.

Israel's military later confirmed it struck Gaza, saying it hit 12 Hamas sites in all, including "an offensive maritime terror tunnel. several terror sites in military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip. rocket manufacturing facilities and a central logistical military complex".

The Gaza Ministry of Health identified the slain Palestinians as Alaa Youssef Ghandour, 30, Einas Mohammed Khamash, 23, and her toddler daughter, Bayan. The ministry said the militant and the civilians were killed in separate incidents. "My thoughts are with the families of the wounded and injured, including both the innocent Israelis and Palestinians caught up in this needless escalation by Hamas".

At least two Israelis were hurt by the rockets, rescue services said.

"The grave threats facing the Palestinian cause require [inter-Palestinian] reconciliation and the immediate restoration of national unity by fully empowering the government in the Gaza Strip as called for by the Egypt-brokered agreement", he said. He said, "Hamas is moving away from an arrangement to calm things down and is moving near to a war in which it would be hit hard". Palestinian media reported airstrikes continued through the night into Thursday morning.

Following May's rocket attacks, Israel and Gaza reached an uneasy cease-fire mediated by Egypt, though rocket launches and airstrike retaliation has continued.

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The western media coverage on Palestine and Israel has been a point of contention for years now especially in the United Kingdom, with many media outlets accused of being biased toward Israel, including the BBC and their failure to report the Palestinian side of the struggle.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, issued a statement denouncing the Israeli assassination of two of its fighters, in northern Gaza, and holding Israel accountable for any future escalation. "If current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

Also. ABC News reported that Israeli combat aircraft struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three people were reported killed there.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza in 2007.

Israel halted the supply of petroleum and natural gas to Gaza last week in response to incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza into southern Israel.

Three Israelis were also injured from the strikes, none of which are believed to be serious.

One Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.

Other reports by Free-Prsite

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