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Israel strikes several sites in Gaza, causes damage

GAZA, Friday, April 16, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes today struck several sites in the besieged Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said that Israeli F-16 fighter jets fired two missiles at a site, west of Nuseirat refugee camp in the central strip, destroying and setting fire to it while causing damage to nearby property.

The warplanes also targeted a site near the destroyed Gaza International Airport, causing extensive damage to it.  

They also slammed an open agricultural land, east of Ez-Zeitoun neighborhood, southeast of Gaza city, with at least a missile, resulting in a deep hole.  

No casualties were reported in any of the airstrikes though.

Israeli military sources claimed that the strikes were carried out in retaliation to rocket firing from the strip towards southern Israel earlier Thursday evening.

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.

K. F.

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