Sunday, June 20

Palestinian rocket fire, Israeli raids: around 20 dead in the Gaza Strip

The Palestinians announce twenty dead on Monday evening, at the end of a day of violence. The Israeli army claims to respond to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, and the Hebrew state which retaliates with strikes against the Palestinian enclave …

It is the escalation of violence, and this Monday evening, there were about twenty dead, including 9 children, on the Palestinian side.

According to this updated report from the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, at least 20 people died in the Israeli raids, which also left 65 injured.

Hamas, in power in the enclave, had previously reported the death of one of its commanders in one of the strikes.

The Islamist movement had warned Israel earlier in the day, calling on the Jewish state to withdraw its troops from the Mosque esplanade in Jerusalem.

“Red line”

For his part, the Israeli Prime Minister said on Monday evening that Hamas had crossed a “Red line“, firing rockets.

Israel will react with force (…), whoever attacks will pay a heavy price. I tell you, citizens of Israel, the current conflict could last for some time“, added Benjamin Netanyahu.

International reactions

This outbreak of violence is provoking many international reactions.

  • European Union : The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said to himself “very concerned“by the situation, in particular the prospect of evictions of Palestinian families from a neighborhood in East Jerusalem.”Such actions are illegal under international law“, he said, and to add that it only makes”fuel the tensions on the ground.”
  • United States : Washington condemned “Hamas rocket fire as firmly as possible“against Israel, denouncing a”unacceptable escalation“and calling on all parties to”calm“and at the”de-escalation of tensions“. “We recognize Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself, to defend its people and its territoryUS diplomacy spokesman Ned Price said.
  • Germany : Israelis and Palestinians have the “duty to avoid further civilian casualties“, warned the head of German diplomacy after Israeli strikes on Gaza in response to rockets fired from the enclave.
  • France : “(Paris) calls on all actors to show the utmost restraint and to refrain from any provocation to allow a return to calm as soon as possible“, said the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Turkey : President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday condemned what he called “terrorism“Israeli in Jerusalem. He further claimed that he would”all he can to mobilize the world, especially the Muslim world, to end Israeli terrorism and occupation“, according to the Turkish presidency.

These clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli police are the most violent since 2017.

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