Toll of those killed by Is­raeli fire rises to 123 since late March

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - World -

GAZA — Is­rael struck Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip on Sun­day be­fore dawn af­ter Gazan mil­i­tants fired rock­ets at Is­rael, the Is­raeli army said, break­ing a three-day de facto cease­fire.

An Is­raeli mil­i­tary spokesper­son said that some four pro­jec­tiles were fired at south­ern Is­rael overnight, with three of them in­ter­cepted by Is­rael’s Iron Dome anti-rocket sys­tem.

Rocket alerts sounded in Is­raeli towns and vil­lages near the bor­der af­ter dark, send­ing res­i­dents rush­ing to shel­ters. None of Gaza’s mil­i­tant groups claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the rocket fire.

The spokesper­son said that in re­tal­i­a­tion, Is­raeli fighter jets hit 10 sites in three mil­i­tary com­pounds be­long­ing to Hamas, the Is­lamist Pales­tinian or­ga­ni­za­tion that runs the be­sieged en­clave.

Later, Is­raeli air­craft car­ried out ad­di­tional airstrikes in south­ern Gaza, strik­ing five tar­gets at a com­pound be­long­ing to Hamas’ naval force, the spokesper­son said.

The Is­raeli mil­i­tary said in a state­ment that the “IDF (Is­rael De­fense Forces) views the Hamas ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ac­tions with great sever­ity and will con­tinue ful­fill­ing its mis­sion to pro­tect Is­raeli civil­ians as nec­es­sary”.

There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of casualties.

No group in Gaza claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the pro­jec­tile at­tacks, which came shortly af­ter the Satur­day funeral of Razan al-Na­j­jar, 21, a vol­un­teer with the Gaza health min­istry, who was fa­tally shot in the chest those who choose vi­o­lence, ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ist thought as a way to im­pose their will,” the pres­i­dent stressed.

Tariq Fahmy, pro­fes­sor of po­lit­i­cal sciences at Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Cairo, said the pres­i­dent’s speech con­sti­tutes “a work plan for the com­ing term, be­cause it in­cluded sev­eral pil­lars that will be the base for the gov­ern­ment’s per­for­mance in the fol­low­ing four year”.

The ex­pert be­lieves that Pres­i­dent Sisi will give more at­ten­tion to so­cial co­he­sion af­ter eco­nomic re­forms were adopted in the first term.

The speech also pointed out that eco­nomic re­form and fight­ing ter­ror­ism, the coun­try’s two ma­jor en­deav­ors of the last four years, will be ad­vanced as main ap­proaches for strength­en­ing sta­bil­ity of the coun­try, the ex­pert re­it­er­ated.

Sisi won his se­cond term with 97 per­cent of the votes in Egypt’s 2018 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

His first oath was per­formed at the Supreme Con­sti­tu­tional Court in 2014.

The last pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tion held at Egypt’s par­lia­ment was in 2005, when ousted Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak was sworn in as pres­i­dent for the fifth and last time.

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