By: Middle East Affairs
PALESTINE, GAZA CITY – On Thursday, three Palestinians are reported to have been killed in a series of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, after militants there fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel.
According to the ministry of health, Inas Mohammad Khammash, 23, and her daughter, Bayan, 18 months, were killed and Inas’ husband, Mohammad, was injured between moderate and serious when Israeli war planes struck Ja’afarawi area in the central Gaza Strip.
Ashraf al-Qudra, the spokesperson of the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza city announced that, Israeli airstrikes killed a third Palestinian in the northern Gaza Strip, who was identified as Ali al-Ghandour, 30 years.
“Nearly around 12 Palestinians in Gaza were injured, including two critical injures,” the ministry of health said.
Palestinian officials said that Israel also carried out a huge amount of air strikes in different sites belonging to the Hamas movement.
“Israeli warplanes targeted and bombed about 140 locations throughout the Gaza Strip,” an Israeli army spokesperson said.
On Wednesday, the escalation started when Israel shot and killed two Hamas operatives in Gaza after claiming they fired at an Israeli army border patrol, a story Israel later changed and said it could not confirm that shots were ever fired at the patrol.
Israel reacted with airstrikes and shelling of over 140 locations in Gaza that caused the killing of the pregnant mother and her toddler and the injury of the husband, among others.
Hamas militias responded to Israeli airstrikes with rockets fired from Gaza towards southern Israel. Several light injuries and damages to property were reported.
Around two million people live in Gaza, mainly stateless descendants of Palestinians who fled or were driven out of what is now Israel at its founding in 1948.
Gazans have held weekly protests against Israel at camps on the border since March 30, some of which have become violent. The Israeli army has killed at least 158 Palestinians during those protests, and a Gaza sniper killed an Israeli soldier.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian government called on the international community to intervene and put an end to what it described as “Israeli aggression” against the Palestinian people in Gaza.
On Thursday, Yousef al-Mahmoud, Government spokesman said in a statement issued that the Israeli government and the United States are fully responsible for “the serious escalation” in Gaza and the continuation of the 12-year long Israeli blockade, which he said has resulted in critical deterioration in living conditions in Gaza.