At least 24 people have been killed, including six children and two women, in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. This is announced by the Palestinian health minister. Palestinians say at least 203 were injured.
The Israeli army began airstrikes on Gaza on Friday, targeting Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The group, which the US and EU consider a terrorist organization, fires rockets at Israel in response. Most of them were intercepted by Israeli air defenses. According to the emergency services, two Israelis have suffered minor injuries so far.
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The Israeli authorities contradict the Palestinian bilan, claiming that several Palestinian children were killed by a PIJ missile that accidentally landed in Jabalia in the Gaza Strip, but was in fact aimed at Israel. According to the Israeli army, it has already killed 15 PIJ fighters.
It is the most serious escalation in violence between Israel and the armed groups in Gaza since May 2021, when 260 Palestinians were killed and 14 Israelis were killed in 11 days.