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The number of Palestinians killed in the escalation of violence with Israel rises to fifteen

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The Ministry of Health of the Gaza Strip has raised 15 the number of dead Palestinians within the framework of the escalation of violence between Israel and the Islamic Jihad, and has specified that one of the last deceased was a 62-year-old woman.

Health has also reported that more than 125 people were injured in Gaza, after a new wave of Israeli bombardments on what the Army described as targets of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The Islamist group has so far identified four of the deceased as members, including Taysir al Jabari, number two of the organization and leader of its armed wing in the center and north of the Strip.

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Among the fatalities there are also a five-year-old girl and a 23-year-old woman. On the Israeli side, no deaths have yet been reported and at least 10 people have been injured.

Of that number, two were wounded soldiers by the impact of a rocket launched from Gaza towards one of the border towns and the rest were civilians who had to be hospitalized after being injured while running to the anti-aircraft shelters.

As for the damage caused by the attacks, the Islamist movement Hamas, which de facto controls the Gaza Strip, said that some 650 structures were destroyed.

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In Israel, until now only one rocket hit was recorded in a house in the city of Sderot, since the vast majority of the more than 200 projectiles launched were intercepted or fell in unpopulated areas.

The current spike in tension began this Friday with a strong Israeli “preemptive” offensive on Jihad targets in Gaza in the face of what the military described as an “imminent threat” of attack by the group in retaliation for the arrest on Monday of one of its leaders during a raid in the occupied West Bank.

Israel views Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s ties to Iran as making the group a satellite of Tehran, which is seen by the Jewish state as an existential threat.

Source: Lasexta

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