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