Tlaib and Omar Defend Palestine, Blame Israel, for Violence

08 May, 2019, 11:44 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Netanyahu Orders 'Massive Strikes' Against Hamas in Gaza

Israel then carried out an airstrike on a refugee camp killing two Palestinian militants.

The escalation began Saturday with massive rocket fire from Gaza, drawing waves of Israeli retaliatory strikes, and continued throughout Sunday. 25 Palestinians have been reportedly killed, including 7 high ranked terrorist officers.

Four Israeli civilians were also killed. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, brokered by Egypt and the United Nations, had led to relative calm around Israel's April 9 general election. Canceling the competition - or holding it under rocket fire - could have harmed Israel's effort to showcase itself as a top-tier tourist destination, and that gave militants leverage to press for money or concessions discussed after previous rounds of fighting. Many think Memorial Day, Independence Day and the upcoming global song contest in Tel Aviv, Eurovision, put the brakes on Israel's response.

With Gaza's beleaguered population of 2 million people increasingly turning its frustrations toward Hamas, the organization has been desperate to secure an easing of Israeli restrictions, particularly as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan approached.

Hostilities appear to have ceased, amid reports that a ceasefire deal was agreed between Israel and Hamas through intermediaries in Cairo. Israel struck back with airstrikes against military targets in Gaza, according to Fox News.

"The situation is intolerable", Hagar, an Israeli filmmaker who fled Moshav Netiv HaAsara, the closest Israeli community to Gaza, told MEE.

"The campaign is not over and it demands patience and sagacity".

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Even within his own ruling Likud Party, Netanyahu faced unusual criticism for not going further to quash Gaza militants.

A ceasefire deal was reached early on Monday, and no Israeli air raids on the Palestinian territory have been reported since the deal came into effect. Lives were lost on both sides, including civilians, at the peak of the fighting on Sunday.

According to the Israeli Defense Forces, Palestinian terrorists have fired more than 600 rockets over the last several days, resulting in at least four Israeli civilian deaths.

In addition to Israeli opposition parties, one senior member of the prime minister's Likud party criticized the ceasefire Monday morning.

"Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad". "The goal was and remains to ensure the peace and security of the residents of the south". We hit over 350 targets.

Rockets are fired from Gaza towards Isreal, in Gaza City, May 5, 2019.

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