Israel blames Gaza rocket misfire for child deaths — Analysis
The death toll in the Gaza Strip amid Israel’s ongoing ‘Operation Breaking Dawn’ has grown to 24, including six children, with over 200 people wounded as of Saturday night, according to Palestinian health officials. Israeli forces accuse the militants in Palestinian Islamic Jihad of using civilians. “human shields”Inflicting death on their own victims in failed rocket attacks
Multiple strikes were confirmed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). “terrorist targets”On Saturday, there was a wide spread of violence in Gaza Strip. However, the government denied responsibility for the deadly explosion at Jabalia refugee camp, north of Enclave, that killed six people including three children.
“Following the reports of the tragic events in Jabaliya, the IDF concluded an in-depth debrief. Based on all the IDF systems data, it appears that this event is the outcome of an Islamic Jihad rocket misfire,”The IDF added it in a Twitter message on Saturday night. “did not conduct any activities in Jabaliya at the time of the event.”
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Israeli soldiers claimed that their radar data was not available. “prove beyond any doubt that this is not an Israeli attack.” The video of the failed launch was circulated via social media, and it was shown by Israeli television stations. However, its authenticity couldn’t be confirmed immediately.
“Tonight, Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket towards Israeli children, but ended up killing Gazan children instead,”Addition spokeswomanYair Lepid is the Israeli Prime Minister.
The flare-up of tensions began on Monday, after Israel arrested the Islamic Jihad’s West Bank leader, Bassem Saadi, with a Palestinian teenager killed during the raid. The PIJ threatened retaliation, placing its fighters on alert in Gaza amid a ruckus from Palestinians.
On Friday, the IDF launched a military operation, dubbed ‘Breaking Dawn’, citing an “imminent threat of attack against Israeli civilians posed by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization.” The first strikes killed a senior PIJ commander, Taysir al-Jabari, while an additional 10-20 PIJ operatives were allegedly targeted with missiles and artillery.
In retaliation, PIJ militants launched multiple volleys of rockets at Israel, over 350 in total since Friday, according to the Times of Israel. Nearly 95% of all projectiles that were launched by the Iron Dome’s missile defense system intercepted in mid-air, according to the IDF.
Gaza’s health ministry said the hostilities claimed 24 lives so far, including six children and two women. No casualties were reported from the Israeli side.
According to the IDF, they will continue military operations until their objectives are achieved. They also stated that on Saturday they were ready for any eventuality. “week of fighting,”Moreover, there is no current peace process.
“The State of Israel is working to defend its citizens and that we will operate decisively and with as great precision as possible against terror operatives and infrastructure,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz tweeted.