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Newspaper Review: Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza Strip Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, May 7, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip for the fourth day in a row hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

The three dailies reported that Israeli warplanes and artillery continued to pound the Gaza Strip for the south consecutive day.

Al-Ayyam explained that Israeli airstrikes and artillery shelling targeted areas east Rafah and Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam reported that the Israeli cabinet decided to continue to locate ‘border tunnels’.

Al-Quds reported Deputy head of Hamas’ politburo Ismail Haniyeh as saying that while the movement is not calling for a new war in the Gaza Strip, it will not tolerate ]incursions by Israel[ or for new realities to be imposed on Gaza.

He was also reported in al-Ayyam as affirming that Hamas is making contacts with a number of actors to stop the Israeli incursion into Gaza and that it will not allow a buffer zone to be imposed by Israel inside Gaza.

Israeli forces’ quelling of weekly Friday marches across the West Bank also hit the front page headlines in the dailies.

The three dailies reported that dozens of Palestinians were shot and injured during the weekly marches. Al-Ayyam added that many others were detained.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Monday.

Both dailies covered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that he would hold an educational seminar for UN personnel on Jewish history.  

Al-Quds reported that Women in Parliament Global Forum called for bringing the Israeli occupation to an end.

Internationally, the three dailies highlighted the election of Sadiq Khan as the first Muslim Mayor of London.

Highlighting withering Democratic support for Israel in the US, al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted the findings of a Pew Research Center’s opinion poll showing that a significant rise in the percentage of young Democrats who support Palestinians.


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