GAZA, Thursday, December 26, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes dawn Thursday launched a series of airstrikes against several posts across the besieged Gaza Strip, causing extensive material damage.
WAFA correspondent reported that Israeli fighter jets pounded a post located to the west of Gaza city with three missiles, reducing it to rubble.
The fighter jets also fired at least two missiles at a post located to the northwest of Gaza city, and five missiles at a site to the west of Khan Younes city, reducing it to ruins.
The airstrikes caused considerable material damage to the nearby civilian properties. No casualties were reported though.
Israel claimed the latest round of airstrikes in the war-battered strip came in retaliation to a rocket fire from the enclave.
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.