Israeli media reported that two Israelis were killed in Ashkelon by the rockets that fell today, Tuesday, as part of what the Palestinian resistance described as the largest missile strike of its kind in response to the Israeli escalation against the Gaza Strip.
A spokesman for the Al-Qassam Brigades said that the resistance targeted Ashkelon and Ashdod with 137 heavy-caliber rockets within 5 minutes, adding that “we have a lot in our pocket.” Read also The Security Council fails to issue a statement about the events in Jerusalem Rejection, condemnation and anger .. This is how the world reacted to the events of JerusalemIn Rehab Al-Aqsa … Retreats perform Hajj prayers in the Dome of the Rock Mosque, and the Palestinians paint their model with the bombs of the occupation
The Israeli air systems intercepted some missiles, but a number of them fell in both cities, leaving in addition to the two dead more than 80 wounded, some of them in cases of panic due to successive bursts.
The rockets caused great damage to buildings in Ashkelon and caused some cars to catch fire.
Escalation and assassinations
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip announced that the number of victims of the Israeli bombing, which has been continuing since yesterday, has risen to 26 martyrs – including 9 children and a woman – and 122 injured.
For its part, the Al-Quds Brigades – the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement – announced the martyrdom of 3 of its field commanders in an Israeli bombing of an apartment in Gaza City.
In the same context, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades – the military arm of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) – said in a brief statement that there are martyrs and missing persons in the bombing carried out by the occupation on a target in which its members were present in the context of “raising the readiness to repel aggression.”
Earlier, the Al-Jazeera correspondent in the Gaza Strip said that the Israeli warplanes bombed a resistance position in the town of Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, and Israeli gunboats continued to bomb agricultural lands in the west of the strip. For its part, the occupation army said that it had targeted a “cell” of the Hamas movement while it was preparing to launch rockets.
At dawn, 3 Palestinians – including a woman – were killed in an Israeli bombardment that targeted a house in Al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City, according to the Civil Defense spokesman.
Operation “Guardian of the Walls”
The Israeli escalation came after Israeli media reported that the army launched a military operation on Gaza under the name “Guardian of the Fences,” noting that the operation included a series of raids on separate targets in the Strip.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met this morning with Defense Minister Benny Gantz and the heads of the army and security services at the Ministry of Defense headquarters in Tel Aviv.
After the meeting, Gantz ordered the army to continue its attacks on the Gaza Strip. The army spokesman said that the Chief of Staff had instructed to continue the strikes and to target Hamas and Jihad activists.
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The Al-Qassam Brigades announced that it launched a large missile strike against the city of Ashkelon at dawn today, in response to targeting civilians.
Al-Jazeera correspondent stated that 6 Israelis were wounded by the missiles fired at Ashkelon, and two buildings were hit. Israeli media said that train traffic between Beersheba, Sderot and Ashkelon was temporarily suspended.
Earlier, the resistance factions announced that they would continue bombing Israeli targets as part of an operation called “the Sword of Jerusalem” to defend the Palestinians in the occupied city and those stationed in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Cautious calm at Al-Aqsa
Meanwhile, a cautious calm reigned in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where the retreat had performed the dawn prayers after the withdrawal of the occupation forces after violent confrontations that erupted after it was stormed for the second time within hours by Israeli soldiers.
Al-Jazeera correspondent Najwan Samri said that the occupation soldiers withdrew away from the Al-Qibli Mosque, and that the retreat had gone out to the outer squares.
The worshipers also entered Bab Hatta at dawn today, magnifying in the absence of the occupation soldiers.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 520 Palestinians were injured in the clashes that took place in occupied Jerusalem on Monday.
On the other hand, external mediation efforts are accelerating to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli sources said that since yesterday evening, Egypt has been making contacts with the Hamas leadership and the Israeli leadership in an attempt to reach a ceasefire.
The director of the Al-Jazeera office, Walid Al-Omari, indicated that the mediation efforts are intensifying, with the participation of several parties, including Turkey, Qatar, and UN agencies.