Yesterday evening, Thursday, Israeli warplanes launched a series of raids on two sites of the Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip, and sirens sounded in the settlements surrounding the Gaza Strip, for the first time since the ceasefire agreement.
Al-Jazeera correspondent stated that the sirens sounded in the settlements surrounding the Gaza Strip, specifically in the Sha’ar Hanegev settlement complex near the border with Gaza. Read also To what extent has the American media discourse changed in conjunction with the Gaza war? Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.. Agreement on the reconstruction of Gaza and disagreement over mechanisms Reconstruction of Gaza..another battle
The official Israeli channel “Kan” also said that the sirens sounded for the first time since the ceasefire agreement, due to the firing of heavy machine guns from the Gaza Strip.
Bombing of sites in Gaza
In Gaza, Al-Jazeera correspondent said that the Israeli occupation aircraft launched a series of raids tonight on a number of Palestinian resistance sites in different parts of the Gaza Strip.
The reporter added that the raids caused material damage to the targeted sites, 3 of which belong to the Al-Qassam Brigades, and an agricultural land in the northern Gaza Strip, without any casualties reported so far.
The Israeli army said that the raids came in response to the continued launching of incendiary balloons from Gaza towards Israel, stressing that the Chief of Staff instructed to raise the army’s readiness in preparation for scenarios, including the resumption of fighting in Gaza.
For its part, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said that the bombing is a show of the new Israeli government, and that the resistance is the one who determines the rules and nature of the battle, according to the movement’s statement.
Israeli sources said that 8 fires broke out in the towns around the Gaza Strip since Thursday morning. Those sources said that the fires broke out in the Sha’ar Hanegev and Eshkol areas, and were caused by incendiary balloons being launched from the Gaza Strip, and held Hamas responsible for their launch.
The launching of incendiary balloons has sparked dozens of fires in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip since last Tuesday, in response to the march of flags organized by settlers in the streets of Jerusalem.
Threat of a new military operation
The Israeli government had threatened Hamas to launch a new military campaign against the Gaza Strip if the launching of incendiary balloons from the Strip towards Israeli areas did not stop.
The private Israeli Channel 13 reported that the Israeli delegation currently in Cairo sent a message to Hamas through Egyptian intelligence, that if the launching of incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip towards its territory does not stop, there will be a “guard of fences-2”, in reference to the recent Israeli military operation. In Gaza, which Israel called “the guard of the walls”, while the resistance called it “the sword of Jerusalem.”
The channel indicated that Egypt is making efforts to prevent the collapse of the ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza.
A delegation from the Israeli National Security Council arrived in Egypt on Thursday, where it will hold talks in Cairo on a long-term truce with Hamas in Gaza.
Israel launched an 11-day aggression on the Gaza Strip between May 10 and 21, and resulted in the death and injury of hundreds of Palestinians.
US support for normalization
On the other hand, a US State Department statement said that Minister Anthony Blinken discussed, in a telephone conversation with his Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, the need to improve Israeli-Palestinian relations by practical means.
The statement added that Blinken and Lapid shared views on opportunities to advance normalization efforts and regional security issues, including Iran.
According to the US State Department’s statement, the two sides stressed, during the call, the strong partnership between the United States and Israel, and Washington’s unwavering support for Israel’s security.