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Israel strikes post in northern Gaza Strip


GAZA, Friday, January 17, 2020 (WAFA) - Israeli warplanes today overnight struck a post in the northern besieged Gaza Strip, said WAFA correspondent.

He said that an Israeli attack helicopter targeted a post and a group of Palestinians with at least two missiles to the northeast of Beit Lahia town.

No injuries were reported though in the latest attack.

Israel claimed that the attack in the war-battered strip came in retaliation to the flying of incendiary balloons from the coastal enclave into bordering Israeli towns.

This came less than 24 hours after Israel pounded several posts in the north and northwest of the besieged enclave.

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.


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