GAZA, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes dawn Wednesday carried out a series of airstrikes against several sites across the besieged Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.
He confirmed that an Israeli F-16 fighter jet targeted with three missiles a site, northwest of Khan Younes city, in the southern besieged enclave, causing extensive material damage to nearby civilian property.
Israeli attack jets also pounded another site, east of the northeast of Gaza city, and another to the west of Deir al-Balah city, reducing the sites to rubble and causing damage to nearby civilian houses.
This came as fighter jets carried out another raid on a site, north of Beit Lahia town in the northern besieged enclave, reducing it to ruins and spreading panic among residents.
No human casualties were reported in any of the attacks.
Israel claimed that the airstrikes came in retaliation to rocket firing from Gaza towards 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.