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A series of internal clashes have taken place in the Gaza Strip. Six Palestinian civilians were abducted as the Israeli army invaded several West Bank areas. These stories and more coming up, stay tuned.
The Gaza Strip Update
A series of internal incidents took place in the Gaza Strip today, leaving one boy dead and seven other people injured. In the northern Gaza Strip, Muhammad As-Sa’di was announced dead Monday night after having been hit by a stray bullet while playing near his home, stated Moa’wiya Hasanain, the chief of the emergency department at the Alshifa hospital in Gaza City.
Circumstances surrounding the killing remained unclear. In a separate incident, two Palestinians were wounded during a clash in the Palestine playground in Gaza City. In central Gaza Strip, on the coastal road, a Palestinian pharmacist, Jamal Ad-Daf, and his son Ibrahim, were exposed to gunfire by unknown gunmen while they were driving along the coastal road.
Palestinian sources said the gunmen intercepted the car and then robbed it after they had opened fire at its occupants. In the Shat’ refugee camp, west of Gaza City, three Palestinian residents were reportedly wounded in a mysterious explosion that ripped through a local house.
Israeli army tanks stationed east of Khan Younis city in the southern part of the Gaza Strip opened fire at nearby Palestinian civilian homes on Tuesday morning. The homes sustained damage, no injures were reported. In the meantime the Palestinian minister of information Dr. Mustafa Al Barghouthi warned of the catastrophic effects of the impending Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Al Barghouthi stated that in the past month the Israeli military has carried out at least 128 small scale invasions of the Gaza Strip, leaving 23 killed, among them 3 children. The Minster also said that the language of threats provoke Palestinian reactions and may drag the region into a devastating cycle of violence.
The Al Qassam Brigade, the armed wing of Hamas, conducted a wide-scale shelling attack on Israeli targets near the Gaza Strip on Tuesday at dawn, declaring the end of a two-year-long cease fire. The Brigades had fired 30 homemade Qassam shells and 61 homemade mortar rounds at Israeli targets near the Gaza Strip.
Abu Ubaydah, the spokesman of the brigades warned Israel not to continue their crimes, noting that the Qassam Brigades has not ran out of options yet, and the group still has a lot of power to resist the ‘occupiers’.
The West bank Update
Six Palestinian civilians were abducted as the Israeli army invaded several West Bank areas on Tuesday morning. The troops invaded the city of Jenin in the northern part of the West Bank, and searched and ransacked homes in the city. During the search soldiers opened fire randomly into residents’ homes, causing damage.
Troops left the city after abducting one civilian, and took him to an unknown destination. Another five civilians were abducted by Israeli forces when the latter attacked and ransacked homes in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday morning. The abductions took place as the army searched homes in the old part of Hebron city, local sources reported.
Israeli forces invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus and the nearby Tal village and searched homes on Tuesday morning. Troops searched and ransacked a number of homes in downtown Nablus and in the village of Tal. Soldiers opened fire randomly at residents’ homes, no injures or abductions were reported, local sources stated. Israeli media sources claimed that the Israeli army located a homemade bomb in the village of Tal during the invasion and managed to dismantle it.
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