Worsening in the Gaza Strip: at least 160 rockets were fired at Israel

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In response to Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, at least 160 rockets have already been fired in its direction. Iran threatens Israel with a “high price”, and the EU calls on the parties to exercise restraint.

At least 160 rockets were fired on August 5 and 6 at Israel from the Gaza Strip, Reuters reports. According to the Israeli side, most of the missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome system. No serious injuries or destruction were reported among Israeli civilians.

Rocket attacks on Israel became the answer for the “Dawn” operation, launched by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) August 5 against the radical group “Islamic Jihad”. As a result of airstrikes on objects in the Gaza Strip on August 5, “15 terrorists” were killed, including Taysir al-Jaabari – one of the commanders of “Islamic Jihad”, news agencies reported. For their part, the Palestinian authorities have announced 14 dead, including a 5-year-old child, and more than a hundred wounded, writes Reuters.

An IDF representative said on Saturday August 6 that the air operation in the Gaza Strip will last a week, AFP reports. According to him, there are currently no negotiations on a ceasefire. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed an order to call up 25,000 reservists for “operational purposes”.


Iran promised Israel would pay a ‘high price’ for the operation

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict escalated after the Israeli army arrested Bassem Saadi, the commander of Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, on August 1. According to Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, the IDF strikes on Gaza foiled an attack on Israel that the Iran-backed group had planned to carry out in response to Saadi’s arrest.

The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC, an elite unit of the Iranian army), Major General Hossein Salami, promised on August 6 that Israel would “pay a heavy price” for its “new crime “.

The European Union has called on all parties to the conflict “to show maximum restraint” in order to avoid an escalation and further casualties.


Source: Ukrainian DW Service


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