At least one Palestinian has been killed and 11 others, including five children, injured in a fresh Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday, Palestinian hospital officials said. Two of the children are in critical condition and one required the amputation of both legs.
Security sources said the air strike targeted a motorcycle traveling in the busy neighborhood of Rafah, close to the Egyptian border.
Israel's army said it had targeted Global Jihad operative Khalil Muhammad Jerbi, 23, and Abdullah Muhmmad Hassan Maqawai, 24, a statement said.
Jerbi, a member of the Shura Council, was reportedly involved in an attack in June on the Israel-Egypt border, which led to the deaths of one construction worker and two militants, Israel's army added. According to the Israeli army radio, Jerbi was also involved in the planting of bombs and the manufacturing of weapons in Gaza.
Also on Sunday, Israeli navy forces arrested a Palestinian fisherman, along with his three sons who were fishing with him, and confiscated their boat. They were taken to an unknown destination, navy police said.
Earlier in the day, the Israeli air forces destroyed a missile launch pad and three militants, who planned to fire missiles on the Israeli territory. Israel holds Hamas responsible for attacks carried out from the Gaza Strip, Yent news said.
There was no immediate comment from Hamas on these strikes, but in the past Hamas has accused Israel of escalating violence in the Gaza Strip and provoking militants to carry out further attacks.
Last week, the ministry of interior in the Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip reported that Israeli occupation forces killed 11 Palestinian citizens in the Gaza Strip and wounded nine others, including a woman and four children, in September in Israeli escalations against the people of Gaza.
Since the end of the war launched by Israel on Gaza three years ago, every week there is a new assault from Israel. Of course, the Palestinians respond by shooting and sometimes by firing rockets, which mostly fall in the free zones.
Since the end of the war on Gaza until today, more than 450 Palestinian residents of Gaza have been killed and a large number of casualties. Of course, the people of Gaza are always blamed for this. No country in the world ever dares to say to Israel, “Stop, that's enough.”
It seems that Israel does not yet have a leadership which understands that murder cannot pass without retaliation and that the time has come for the Palestinian people to lead a safe, peaceful life—same as all the people in the whole world. It’s time for Palestinians to have their own free state.
I guess that the resistance will not leave south Israel blessed with a calm night. Therefore, since the moment of the bombing, the Israeli drones are hovering in the sky over Gaza, trying to kill any fighter willing to fire rockets at south Israel. Despite the dangerous situation, all people in Gaza are pretty sure that the Palestinian resistance will respond to the attack. If the Palestinian rockets do not reach their targets, they will at least cause anticipation among the Israeli people, in addition to fear from the coming danger.