The army of Israel carried out further aerial bombardments on the Gaza Strip at dawn this Wednesday (local time).
The attacks, according to Israeli media, occurred after militants in the Palestinian territory sent incendiary balloons to the south of Israel, causing at least 20 fires on local community land.
In a statement, the Defense Forces of Israel They said in a statement that their planes bombed Hamas military installations in Khan Yunis and in the city of Gaza.
Rushdi Abu Alouf, a BBC News reporter in Gaza, reported that the shelling lasted about 10 minutes. Initial reports do not indicate whether there were injuries or fatalities.
A Hamas spokesman said in a message on Twitter that the Palestinians they will maintain their “brave resistance and defend their rights and holy places “in Jerusalem.
On May 20, after 11 days of a military escalation that left more than 200 dead in Gaza and a dozen in Israeli territory, the ceasefire agreed between Israel and Hamas through the intermediation of Egypt.
This is the first time since the ceasefire that hostilities have been recorded.
Tension had grown again between the parties because the Israeli authorities authorized the holding of a demonstration on Tuesday organized by ultra-nationalist Israeli groups, to celebrate the recovery of control of Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967.
The call “march of the flags”, held every year, tours parts of East Jerusalem. In 2021 it was initially scheduled for May 9, but was suspended due to strong protests from both Israeli Arab citizens within Israel as well as the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
The harsh repression of these protests was the spark that detonated the escalation of war last May.
The march was authorized on Tuesday by the Israeli authorities, but with a modified route so that the protesters passed nearby, but did not cross the Damascus gate to enter the old city of Jerusalem.
The modification of the route did not prevent clashes between Palestinian protesters protesting in the streets adjacent to the route and Israeli security agents.
Palestinian media reported that at least 33 people were injured during the clashes with the Israeli police who, for their part, reported the arrest of 17 protesters.
The clashes this Wednesday are the first litmus test for the new government of Israel, led by the right-wing Naftali Bennett, but also made up of groups from the center, left and, for the first time in Israel’s history, an Arab Islamist party.
This diverse coalition came together with the specific goal of displacing now-former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from power.
The new government, which took office last Sunday, authorized the “march of the flags” with this new modified route.
Despite this, Yair Lapid, considered to be the driving force behind the government alliance and current Foreign Minister, distanced himself from what happened during this demonstration by criticizing the fact that some of the protesters chanted racist and violent slogans such as “death to the Arabs” .
“The fact that there are extremists for whom the flag of Israel represents hatred and racism is abominable and intolerable. It is incomprehensible how someone can carry the Israeli flag in one hand and shout ‘death to the Arabs at the same time,” he said.
“This is not Judaism, it is not Israeli and it is certainly not what our flag symbolizes. These people shame the people of Israel“he added.
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