Palestinians killed in Israel’s Gaza offensive rise to 29

The number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip during the current escalation of violence between Israel and the Islamic Jihad rose this Sunday to 29, after a new night of fire exchanges. Furthermore, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health, there are already 253 wounded palestinians in the enclave, including around a hundred children.

After a bloody day of violence on Saturday, the Israeli army continued to bombard the Strip overnight and early on Sunday. One of these attacks, an Israeli military spokesman reported, targeted a tunnel network used by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) to penetrate Israeli territory in order to carry out attacks.

Another bombing killed Khaled Mansurleader of the southern command of the armed wing of the YIP in Gaza and the second highest ranking official of the group killed since the beginning of hostilities after the death on Friday of Taysir al-Jabariwho led the central and northern command.

On the other hand, anti-aircraft alarms continued to sound in the Israeli communities bordering Gaza after the launch of more rockets by the Palestinian group, which is estimated to have already launched more than 400 projectiles since the start of the climb on Friday. So far no fatalities have been recorded in Israel, which accounts for 21 minor injuries.

Yes ok Egypt has confirmed that it is trying to mediate between the parties, something that the United Nationsat the moment there are no signs of a possible ceasefire.

In addition to the deaths and injuries, the Israeli bombardment of Gaza has further aggravated the humanitarian crisis who lives the enclave. Following the closure of the border crossings as a punitive measure a few days ago, the Strip was left without the fuel needed to operate its only power plant, leaving the more than two million Gazans with only four hours of electricity a day and basic services operate in a very limited way.

The current spike in tension began on Friday with a strong Israeli “preemptive” offensive on Jihad targets in Gaza in the face of what the Army described as a “imminent threat“attack by the group in retaliation following the arrest on Monday of one of its leaders during a raid on West Bank busy.

Israel believes that YIP’s links with Iran turn the group into a satellite of Tehranwhich is seen by the Jewish state as an existential threat.

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