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Israeli tanks attacked Hamas military posts in Gaza

TEL AVIV, (BM) – Attacks on the targets of the Palestinian movement Hamas were carried out by the Israeli army, the army’s press service reported on August 20, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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“Terrorists fired explosive balloons from Gaza towards Israel during the day, which led to fires on the ground in southern Israel. In response, our tanks attacked Hamas military posts in Gaza,” the press service said.

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We will remind, the militants of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip began to launch balloons with explosive devices towards Israel from the beginning of August. The Israeli army launched several retaliatory strikes against the infrastructure of the Hamas movement.

On 15 August, reports also surfaced that Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system had intercepted two missiles fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel.

A few days ago, Israel carried out air strikes on Hamas positions

As we reported on August 15 the Israeli army carried out new bombing of Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip in response to the launch of incendiary balloons.

“Fighters, military helicopters and tanks target Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip,” including “Hamas’s naval defense system, underground infrastructure and observation posts,” the army said in a statement.

A pregnant woman and a three-year-old child were injured in the shelling, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

Let us recall that these strikes were struck the day after the announcement of an agreement on the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which was criticized by the Palestinians.

Over the past week, the Israel Defense Forces have claimed responsibility for a series of overnight attacks on Hamas positions in response to balloon fire that led to wildfires in the south of the country. On August 10, Israel closed the Kerem Shalom border crossing, through which supplies to Gaza take place.

Recall that 2 million people live in Gaza, more than half of whom, according to the World Bank, live below the poverty line.

Background

On January 28, US President Donald Trump published the text of a plan to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, calling it the “deal of the century.” According to the plan, the state of Palestine is being created within the boundaries substantially smaller than those proposed by the UN in 1947.

Under the new US plan, the capital of Palestine is located in east Jerusalem. Trump’s proposal provoked a sharp reaction in the Arab world. The head of the State Duma’s committee on international affairs announced the futility of the “deal of the century”, especially since her presentation was held without representatives of Palestine.

Trump’s proposed “deal of the century” actually repeats the main points of the 2004 UN resolution on “two states,” but with important nuances that infringe on the rights of Palestinians and in reality recognize the status quo advantageous to Israel.

The mere proposal to take the Palestinian capital beyond the borders of Old Jerusalem, far from Islamic shrines, to the Arab neighborhoods of Kafr Aqab and Shuafat, to the refugee camp now located behind the “security fence”, was perceived by the Arab world as a sophisticated mockery.

The Arabs do not even discuss the remaining points of the proposed “peace agreement”: the main and almost the only thesis sounds: “we are offered to sell our shrines and decades of struggle for freedom for $ 50 billion.” Judging by the statement of the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the reactions of the Arab press, the “deal of the century” did not bring peace prospects in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but very seriously removed it.

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