Monday, October 22, 2018 | ePaper

Israel deals 'hardest blow' to Hamas since 2014 Gaza war

  • Print
BBC Online :
Israel has carried out its biggest attack against Hamas militant targets in Gaza since the war in 2014, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.
The raids were a response to rockets fired into Israel, he said. Hamas said a truce had been agreed, but further exchanges have been reported. Palestinian health officials said two people were killed and 12 injured in an air strike in Gaza City on Saturday.
Three Israelis were hurt by one of the rockets fired on Israel. More than 200 projectiles - including rockets and mortars - had been fired into Israel since Friday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.
The IDF said it had struck facilities used by Hamas, which dominates Gaza, including a battalion headquarters in Beit Lahia, a training camp located in a high-rise building in the al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza, weapons storage facilities and rocket launchers.
"In consultation with the minister of defence, the chief of staff and the top security command of the state of Israel, we have decided on strong action against Hamas terrorism," Mr Netanyahu said in a video statement.
"The IDF have struck Hamas with the hardest blow since Operation Protective Edge and we will increase the strength of our attacks as necessary," he added, referring to the 2014 conflict.
However, Palestinian officials said a ceasefire had now been agreed thanks to "Egyptian and international efforts". Israel has not commented on the report, although Reuters quoted an unnamed Israeli defence official a saying "only the facts on the ground will dictate our further response".
Witnesses told Reuters news agency an Israeli strike had hit an empty building in Gaza City and that the casualties were passers-by.
Hamas said another Palestinian had died after being shot by Israeli troops during border protests on Friday.
The IDF said dozens of rockets had been fired on Israel from within Gaza.
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption More than 90 rockets are reported to have fallen in Israel
One rocket hit a home in the town of Sderot. Three people suffered shrapnel wounds.
The attacks come amid an escalation of violence in the region in recent months.
They coincided with mass demonstrations along the border which saw thousands of Palestinians express their support for the declared right of Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral homes in what is now Israel - as well as demanding an end to the blockade of Gaza imposed by Israel and Egypt.
Israel and Egypt say the blockade is a necessary security measure against militants.
Gaza health officials say more than 130 Palestinians were killed and 15,000 others injured by Israeli forces during the protests. Human rights groups have accused Israeli troops of using excessive force. Israel says it has only opened fire in self-defence or on people trying to infiltrate its territory under the cover of the demonstrations.
Hamas, an Islamist militant group, does not recognise Israel's right to exist and there has been violence and wars between the two sides for many years.

More News For this Category

Abuse of police power in defamation cases is undesirable

Court Reporter :The basic thing about a defamation case is a person-to-person case and police should not have any special interest for arresting and harassing the accused because no state

Imrul hits ton Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe

Imrul hits ton Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe

Sports Reporter :Favourites Bangladesh registered an easy 28-run victory over Zimbabwe in the first ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the city's Mirpur on Sunday.Electing to bat first,

6 bodies including 4 bullet-hit found in Dhaka, N'ganj

Staff Reporter :At least six unclaimed bodies, including four bullet-hit, were found in Narayanganj and Dhaka districts on Sunday. The identities of the deceased, aged between 30 and 35, could

West Zone Power inks deal with Chinese firm

Staff Reporter :The country for the first time will produce pre-paid electricity meter in joint venture with a Chines company which will save huge foreign currency from importing the meter.State-owned

Mainul Hosein gets anticipatory bail in two cases

Staff Reporter :Barrister Mainul Hosein has secured anticipatory bail for five months in the High Court in two separate defamation cases filed over hurling abuses at journalist Masuda Bhatti in

BNP's Leader Amir Khosru sent to jail in ICT case

A court has scrapped the bail of BNP Standing Committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury in an ICT Act case and sent him to jail.Chattogram Metropolitan Sessions Judge Akbar Hossain

Inu hints at changes to Digital Security Act

bdnews24.com :Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has hinted at the possibility of revisions to the Digital Security Act and called for cooperation between the government and the media to tackle

Tk 1000cr Chinese consortium funds to hit capital market this week: DSE boss

Monirul Alam :The Chinese consortium funds-Tk. 1000 crore-is likely to enter the capital market this week as the revenue authority has completed formalities on issuing the Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO)

Oikyafront finally gets permission for Sylhet rally

UNB, Sylhet :Jatiya Oikyafront has finally been given permission for holding its rescheduled public rally at the city's Registry Field on Wednesday."Oikyafront has been given permission for its rally," Sylhet

Zafrullah gets bail in 2 cases

bdnews24.com :The High Court has granted Gonoshasthaya Kendra trustee Zafrullah Chowdhury advance bail in two cases over illegally occupying land in Ashulia, vandalism and extortion.The pro-BNP public health advocate appeared