Israel fired missiles and shelled civilian areas of the Gaza Strip in another terrorist assault. The Israeli government has continued to terrorize civilians in the Gaza Strip hoping to force them to leave the region. It’s a part of Israel’s strategy to steal the land and force the non-Jews to leave
Photos by Mohammed Asad
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was killed and three others were injured by Israeli artillery fire on Wednesday in the northern Gaza Strip after the Israeli army said the four planned to attack forces on the borderline.
Palestinian medics and security sources told Ma’an that the man was killed and the others sustained serious injuries during a brief military incursion by Israeli forces. The man was identified as Mousa Zaiter, 23.
Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers had crossed the border fence into the strip around 7 a.m. east of Beit Lahiya before leveling lands on the Palestinian side of the border.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli military forces in cooperation with the Israeli Security Agency targeted a “terrorist cell planning to detonate an explosive device against Israeli forces” stationed on the borderline.Palestinian civilians killed in Israeli terror attacks in the Gaza Strip. Copyright (C) 2016 Mohammed Asad. All Rights reserved. Photos may be reproduced with proper credit to Mohammed Asad and the Arab Daily News
Israeli media reported that the alleged “terrorist cell” had been targeted in an airstrike.
Peter Lerner, a head Israeli army spokesman, in a statement following the incident said: “Israeli forces guarding the border with Gaza face a growing threat from hostile terror groups attempting to destabilize the situation on the ground.”
Lerner added that Israeli forces would “continue to protect the residents of Israel and the forces guarding them on the border.”
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri held Israel responsible for the attack, and warned against further Israeli military action in Gaza.
Over 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or settlers since a wave of unrest escalated in the occupied Palestinian territory in October, the majority during attempted and actual attacks on Israeli military and civilians that have left over 20 Israelis dead in the same time period.
A number of Palestinians have also been shot dead by Israeli military forces during popular demonstrations, over 20 of whom were killed in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian farmers and fishermen in the besieged enclave meanwhile have come under frequent fire near the Israeli-enforced “buffer zone” on both land and seasides. At least two farmers were shot and injuring last month while farming near the borderline.
The exact area of the “buffer zone” is not clear, and the policy is generally enforced with live fire, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, who says the zone is illegal under both Israeli and international law.
Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip have vocally supported the individual attacks recently carried out inside of Israel, Jerusalem, and the West Bank, but have yet to partake in what Hamas has termed an intifada.
Hamas last week praised a deadly shooting attack carried out in Tel Aviv on Jan. 1, referring to the assailant as “a beacon for the [Palestinian] generations who will tread the same path.”
No group has claimed Wednesday’s alleged attack attempt against Israeli military forces along the Gaza border.Relatives of Palestinian Mussa Zeater, who was killed in an attack by an Israeli aircraft, mourn during his funeral in the northern Gaza Strip January 13, 2016. The Israeli aircraft attacked a group of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday who the military said planned to detonate a bomb at the border with Israel, and a Palestinian militant faction said one of its men was killed. Copyright (C) 2016 Mohammed Asad. All Rights reserved. Photos may be reproduced with proper credit to Mohammed Asad and the Arab Daily News Palestinians protest Israeli terrorist attacks against civilian targets in the Gaza Strip. Copyright (C) 2016 Mohammed Asad. All Rights reserved. Photos may be reproduced with proper credit to Mohammed Asad and the Arab Daily News A Palestinian child mourns the murder of his sibling by Israeli terrorists. Mohammed Asad. All Rights reserved. Photos may be reproduced with proper credit to Mohammed Asad and the Arab Daily News
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