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GAZA CITY, June 18, 2018 (MENA) - Israeli warplanes early Monday morning carried out a series of airstrikes on multiple locations across Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip, leaving damages to the bombed sites and causing fear among the local citizens, according to Palestinian sources.

Israeli fighter jets bombed with missiles a number of targets in Tel Al Zaatar site which is affiliated to Qassam Brigades, destroying them and causing partial damages to neighboring structures.

Fighter jets also bombed a target and destroyed it in the town of Beit Lahia, north of Gaza, setting it on fire.

Warplanes further bombed with missiles a target near Shati refugee camp in Gaza City and destroyed it. Partial damages were reported in neighboring homes.

Israeli air force also hit another site to the northwest of Gaza City, destroyed it and caused damages to neighboring homes.

There were no reports of human casualties in any of the Israeli airstrikes in spite of the degree of the resulting damage.

The Israeli occupation forces claimed that the bombings came in response to the flying by Palestinian protesters of kites with burning materials into southern Israel setting fields ablaze.

New York, UN, June 14, 2018 (News Wires)-- The United Nations has overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning Israel’s  “use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force" against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Scores have died and thousands have been injured as Israeli troops have responded with live fire to protesters near a border fence.

By a vote of 120 to 8, the United Nations approved a resolution decrying the “use of live ammunition against civilian protesters, including children, as well as medical personnel and journalists” and underscoring its “grave concern at the loss of innocent lives”.

The measure also called for the creation of a mechanism to ensure the “protection of the Palestinian civilian population” and urged Israel to lift its economic blockade on an area ruled by Hamas.

In the face of persistent international criticism, the United States and Israel have accused detractors of ignoring Hamas’s role in inciting violence by firing rockets into Israel and encouraging demonstrators to rush the border.

After the UN voted down an American-authored amendment faulting Hamas, the final resolution made no mention of the designated terrorist group. It did deplore “the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas”.

In a statement after the vote, America’s ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley released a statement criticising the UN for arriving at “the morally bankrupt judgment that the recent Gaza violence is all Israel’s fault”.

“It is no wonder that no one takes the UN seriously as a force for Middle East peace”, Ms Haley said, adding that “peace will only be achieved when realities are recognised, including Israel’s legitimate security interests, and the need to end Hamas’ terrorism”.

The office of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Ms Haley for a “strong statement today exposing the hypocrisy of the UN’s bias against Israel.

The contours of the debate, with Israel and America aligned in opposition to a majority of the international community, were familiar.

Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy generated an international outcry and was blasted in a separate UN resolution.

GAZA CITY, June 9, 2018 (News Wires) - Israeli gunboats on Saturday fired at Palestinian fishing boats sailing off the coast of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said.

None was harmed.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces mounted a search and arrest campaign targeting many of the occupied cities.

The forces reportedly detained two Palestinians south Bethlehem and assaulted others in Al-Khalil (Hebron) after storming their houses.

RAMALLAH, June 8, 2018 (MENA) – Palestinian government spokesman Yousef Al Mahmoud on Friday denounced remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in some European states about peaceful rallies on the Israel-Gaza border.

In a statement, Al Mahmoud said that Netanyahu tries to cover up the Israeli government's and occupation forces' crimes against Palestinians through launching a misleading media campaign based on fabricated lies.

Netanyahu undermines any chance to make a peace in the region by violating all international laws and legislation, he added.

Moreover, Al Mahmoud renewed his call for the international community to provide protection for the Palestinian people and apply international laws and legislation that could preserve global security and stability.

GAZA CITY, June 8, 2018 (News Wires) - Palestinians burned tires and Israeli troops fired heavy volleys of tear gas on Friday to push back large Gaza crowds from the area of the fence separating the blockaded territory from Israel.

Israeli troops fired tear gas and live bullets at Palestinians taking part in weekly protests at the Gaza Strip border with Israel injuring at least 100 people, medics told Reuters.

The army said it was taking action to disperse thousands of Palestinians, some of whom threw rocks the troops and burned tires, and prevent any breach of the fortified frontier fence.

It was the latest in a series of protests against the decade-long blockade of Gaza by Israel. Friday's march also coincided with the annual "Jerusalem Day" to protest against Israeli rule of the holy city.

The Jerusalem Day protests are being held each year on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The day is known in Arabic as "Youm Al Quds," a reference to the city's historic Arabic name.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it to its capital, a move not recognised by most of the international community. Israel's current government has said it will not accept a partition of the city as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

The protest was also accompanied by concerns about renewed bloodshed. At least 115 Palestinian protesters, the vast majority unarmed, have been killed and close to 3,800 have been wounded by Israeli army fire since the marches began in late March.

After Muslim noon prayers Friday, thousands of Gaza residents streamed towards five protest tent camps that had been erected more than two months ago, each several hundred meters from Gaza's perimetre fence. From there, smaller groups walked closer to the fence.

In a camp east of Gaza City, activists burned tires, releasing thick black smoke into the air. Israeli troops fired heavy tear gas volleys, including from drones, sending protesters running for cover. One man with a bullhorn shouted, "America is the biggest evil."

The mass protests have been aimed at a border blockade imposed by Israel in 2007, after group Hamas overran the territory. The marchers have also pressed demands for a "right of return" for the descendants of Palestinian refugees to ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

More than 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled in the 1948 Mideast war over Israel's creation. Two-thirds of Gaza's 2 million residents are descendants of refugees.

Protester Fadi Saleh said that the frequent marches have helped revive sympathies in the Arab world for the Palestinians, but that more could be done.

"We need real Arab support and solidarity with our cause," said Saleh, a student of Arabic literature who wore a medical mask against the tear gas as Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas.

Israel's use of potentially lethal force against the protesters has drawn international criticism. Rights groups have said Israel's open-fire rules are unlawful.

The protests have largely been organised by Hamas and to some extent by the smaller Islamic militant group. Both have received political and financial backing from Iran, but also pursue their own agendas. Growing despair in Gaza over blockade-linked hardships, including daily hours-long power cuts and rising poverty, have driven turnout.

GAZA CITY, June 8, 2018 (MENA) - The Israel Air Force (IAF) completed late Thursday a week-long military exercise simulating a two-front aerial campaign on the southern and northern borders, with Israeli jets battering hundreds of simulated targets, the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahranoth reported.

Taking place against a backdrop of heightened tensions between Israel and the Hamas organization along the Gaza border, the drill was intended to sharpen the IAF’s preparedness for war scenarios on more than one front.

Hundreds of fighter jets and helicopters participated in the drill, taking to the skies day and night for seven days.

During the exercise training for scenarios on the southern border, which was also intended to enhance air support for infantry soldiers, dozens of fighter jets practiced for rapid attacks on hundreds of targets in the Gaza Strip.

The technical staff armed the planes and helicopters for the flight drills that included hundreds of reservists from all the ranks.

“Throughout the day and night, the squadron practiced hitting targets in the Gaza Strip as part of an air force exercise for the outbreak of a wide scale campaign,” said Major. G, one the commander of the 69th Air Squadron.

"We provided assistance to ground troops in their maneuvering during the fighting. The planes carried precision explosives, enabling us to attack a high number of targets within a short timeframe,” he said.

Lieutenant Colonel. R, commander of the 105th Squadron also commented on the drill.

“We succeeded in all the goals that we set for ourselves, with the full coordination with Southern Command and with the air force coordination and control bodies,” he said. “We successfully dealt with all of the challenges and we are ready for any mission that is required of us.”

 

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