The escalating fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza marks the area’s worst violence since 2014.
Six Israelis and 53 Palestinians, together with 14 kids, have been killed in the most up-to-date battle as Israeli airstrikes leveled buildings in Gaza and a barrage of Hamas rockets struck Tel Aviv and different cities in a single day.
An anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday killed a 21-year-old Israeli soldier – the first army loss of life in the escalating Israeli-Hamas violence, officers mentioned.
The Israel Defense Forces recognized the useless soldier as Staff Sgt. Omer Tabib, a member of the Nahal Infantry Brigade’s 931st Battalion, the Times of Israel reported.
The strike additionally wounded two different troopers, officers mentioned.
In response to the ongoing bloodshed and violence, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz vowed extra assaults on Palestinian militant teams in Gaza to convey “total, long-term quiet” earlier than contemplating a cease-fire.
“The army will continue to attack to bring a total, long-term quiet. Only when we reach that goal will we be able to speak about a truce,” Gantz mentioned in Ashkelon, the southern Israel metropolis that has been pounded by Palestinian rocket hearth.
His remarks got here as the Israel Defense Forces continued to pound targets in Gaza in response to rocket barrages by Hamas and different militants on Tel Aviv and Beersheba.
Meanwhile, a senior Hamas official has reportedly known as on Jerusalem residents to purchase “five shekel knives” to “cut off the heads of Jews” in a current video.
“People of Jerusalem, we want you to cut off the heads of the Jews with knives. With your hand, cut their artery from here,” Fathi Hammad, Hamas Political Bureau member and former inside minister, says in the clip, which was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
The Gaza Health Ministry mentioned the useless Palestinians embody 14 kids and three girls, including that 320 residents in the territory have been wounded in the strikes, together with 86 kids and 39 girls.
Israel got here below scrutiny throughout the 50-day 2014 battle, which noticed the bombing of residential buildings — amongst the ways nonetheless below investigation by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
More than 2,100 Palestinians and 73 Israelis — seven of them civilians — died throughout the 2014 conflict, the BBC reported.
Israel doesn’t belong to the ICC and has condemned the investigation, whereas Palestinians joined in 2015 and had lengthy pushed for the probe.
Fatou Bensouda, the ICC prosecutor in the probe, mentioned the investigation will embody a assessment of Hamas rockets fired into Israel throughout the 2014 battle.
In a brand new assertion, Bensouda expressed “great concern” over the present escalation of violence, and warmed of “the possible commission of crimes.”
With Post wires