May 15, 2023

Despite expectations of the start of new Egyptian negotiations aimed at reaching a truce between the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip and Israel, after the failure of yesterday’s efforts, the Israeli bombardment of the densely populated strip was renewed.

Today, Saturday, Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath correspondent reported that the Israeli army launched new raids on the Strip, while several missile bursts were fired towards the settlements surrounding Gaza and Ashkelon.

New Israeli weapons.. Gaza is a field of experiments!

In turn, the Israeli army announced that sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the settlements surrounding the Strip.

Slab storming

Meanwhile, Israeli forces stormed the Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, in the West Bank, where violent clashes were reported.

The Palestinian Red Crescent announced that the Israeli army killed 2 Palestinians in the camp, while two other people were injured, one of them seriously.

assassination 6

This came, after yesterday evening also witnessed more tension between the Israeli forces and the Islamic Jihad Movement, especially after the killing of Iyad al-Abd al-Hassani, a member of the Military Council and responsible for the Operations Unit of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of the movement), bringing the number of leaders killed since last Tuesday by targeting. Israeli to 6.

This escalation comes today while Egypt, the traditional mediator between Israel and the Palestinians, is still working to reach a cease-fire, while international calls are increasing for an end to the most dangerous escalation since August 2022 between the two sides.

Pictures of the leaders of the Islamic Jihad movement who were assassinated by Israel (from the account of the Israeli army spokesman)

Pictures of the leaders of the Islamic Jihad movement who were assassinated by Israel (from the account of the Israeli army spokesman)

New Egyptian proposal

Yesterday evening, Friday, Cairo presented a new formula for the cease-fire, which the Islamic Jihad movement responded to, but the Israeli response has yet to come. sources revealed that the proposal included a mutual cessation of attacks between the two sides, and a commitment to avoid harming civilians.

Sources in the Islamic Jihad movement accused the Israeli side of obstructing the Egyptian efforts.

From Gaza (AFP)

The movement had previously confirmed that it adhered to its demands, which is to stop the assassinations and return the body of the prisoner Khader Adnan, who spent last week in Israeli prisons following a 3-month hunger strike, as well as stopping the flag march in the Old City of Jerusalem next Thursday.

On the other hand, Tel Aviv rejected those conditions, adhering to the principle of a cease-fire in exchange for a cease-fire only.

It is noteworthy that this escalation, which erupted between the two sides since last Tuesday, has so far claimed 33 Palestinian lives, including 6 children and one Israeli.

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