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Israeli warplanes target posts in besieged Gaza enclave


GAZA, Thursday, January 16, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes Thursday overnight targeted at least two posts across the besieged Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said that an Israeli drone bombed a post, located to the northwest of Gaza city, causing fires to break out in the post.

He added that Israeli F-16 fighter jets pounded the same post with two missiles, causing extensive material damage to the nearby civilian houses.  

An additional strike was confirmed at a post in Jabalia town in the northern besieged enclave.

No human casualties were reported, however.

Israel claimed the attack in the war-battered strip came in retaliation to a rocket fire from the enclave.

Meanwhile, Israeli navy opened fire towards Palestinian fishermen and their fishing boats off shore al-Sudaniya area, northwest of the Gaza City. No injuries were reported though.

The attack rattled the shaky ceasefire brokered by Egypt and the United Nations that ended the flare-up triggered by the targeted assassination of Islamic Jihad leader in last November.

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.T./ K.F. 

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