Israel Expects a week of attacks in Gaza in the new escalation of violence with Islamic Jihad.
The Israeli army said on Saturday that it expects its operation to last “a week” in the Gaza Strip. This was made known after new attacks against Islamic Jihad, which responded with rocket firein the most serious escalation of violence in the Palestinian territory since the May 2021 clashes.
A military spokesman indicated that the army “is preparing for a one-week operation” and that “currently not conducting negotiations with a view to a ceasefire”after reports that Egypt is trying to mediate to calm the situation.
Meanwhile, rocket alerts continued to sound in Israeli towns adjacent to the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian enclave. But until now, the shots from Gaza left no casualties or damage, according to the army.
Instead, the only power station in the Gaza Strip had to close due to lack of fuel, which “will aggravate the humanitarian situation”according to what was expressed by the electric company.
Israel closed the crossings of goods and people with Gaza last Tuesday for fear of reprisals after arresting an Islamic Jihad leader. The closures reduced fuel deliveries needed to power the plant.
The army has been bombing the territory since Friday and alleges its attacks are targeting Islamic Jihad weapons manufacturing sitesa group aligned with the ruling Islamist movement Hamas, but often acting independently.
in those attacks one of the organization’s leaders, Tayseer al Jabari ‘Abu Mahmud’, was killed. In retaliation, the Islamic Jihad armed wing fired more than 100 rockets into Israel, claiming it was an “initial response.” In addition, 15 fighters of this organization were killed, according to the Israeli army.
The attack numbers
The Gaza authorities indicated, for their part, that the attacks have already left 15 dead, including a five-year-old girl, and 80 wounded. According to Mohamed Abu Salameh, director of Gaza’s main hospital, doctors are facing a “serious shortage of medical supplies.”.
In the last hours, Israeli forces also detained 19 Islamic Jihad members in the West Bank, a territory occupied by Israel since 1967.. The Israeli offensive comes after the arrest on Monday in that area of a leader of the group, Basem Saadi.
It is the worst confrontation between Israel and the armed organizations in Gaza since the eleven-day war in May 2021which left 260 dead on the Palestinian side, including combatants, and 14 dead in Israel, including a soldier, according to local authorities.
The position of the Arab world
Egypt, a historical mediator between Israel and the armed groups in Gaza, seeks to intervene in the conflict and could receive this Saturday a delegation from the Islamic Jihad.
Islamic Jihad however ruled out a ceasefire and said it was “focusing on the ground”. The organization accuses Israel of having “triggered a war”. The senior Israeli official accuses the armed group of being “a proxy for Iran seeking to destroy the State of Israel and kill innocent Israelis.”.
In a statement, the Arab League today denounced “the fierce Israeli aggression” while Jordan stressed “the importance of putting an end” to this “aggression.” Israel has imposed a strict blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2007.a territory of 362 square kilometers, in which 2.3 million inhabitants live, with high levels of unemployment and poverty.