GAZA, Friday, August 14, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes and artillery dawn Friday struck several sites across the besieged Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.
He said that the an Israeli fighter jet targeted a plot of farmland in Shejaiya neighborhood, east of Gaza city, causing a deep hole in the site.
He added that Israeli attack helicopters pounded a site in al-Farrahin area, east of Khan Younes city, and another located to the east of Rafah city, causing extensive material damage to the sites as well as in neighboring buildings and fires to break out.
Meanwhile, Israeli artillery opened fire on two sites in Khan Younes and Rafah cities, causing extensive damage to surrounding property.
No human casualties were reported in any of the attacks.
Israel claimed that it had struck the sites in retaliation to the flying of dozens of incendiary balloons into southern Israel.
Fourteen years following the Israeli “disengagement” from Gaza, Israel has not actually disengaged from Gaza; it still maintains control of its land borders, access to the sea and airspace.
Two million Palestinians live the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a punishing and crippling Israeli blockade for 12 years and repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure.
Gaza’s 2-million population remains under “remote control” occupation and a strict siege, which has destroyed the local economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, plunged them into unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, and cut off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider world.
Gaza remains occupied territory, having no control over its borders, territorial waters or airspace. Meanwhile, Israel upholds very few of its responsibilities as the occupying power, failing to provide for the basic needs of Palestinian civilians living in the territory.
Every two in three Palestinians in Gaza is a refugee from lands inside what is now Israel. That government forbids them from exercising their right to return as enshrined in international law because they are not Jews.