Israel Resumes War in Gaza, Airstrikes and Rockets Fired
Israel is back to bombarding Gaza after the Hamas violated the ceasefire deal and did not meet its obligations to release all hostage women. The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said the Israeli Defense Forces has returned to combat.
“We stress the government of Israel is committed to achieving the goals of the war – releasing our hostages, eliminating Hamas and ensuring that Gaza can never again threaten the people of Israel.” The temporary truce between Israel and Hamas has expired after a seven-day pause.
Gaza’s Interior Ministry said Israeli aircraft hovered over the enclave on Friday morning, and Israel vehicles opened fire in the north-west of the Gaza Strip. Israeli media said Hamas fired a rocket toward southern Israel over an hour before the ceasefire was set to end.
There’s heavy fighting in Gaza.
Israel Wants to Achieve Goals of War
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said on Friday morning that Hamas violated the agreement and additionally fired toward the Israeli territory. Mark Regev, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said they are ready for all possibilities. “Without that, we’re going back to the combat.”
The Prime Minister’s Office said the terrorist organization Hamas-ISIS violated the agreement, did not live up to its commitment to release all the kidnapped women and launched rockets at the citizens of Israel. “With the return to fighting, we emphasize – The Israel government is committed to achieving the goals of the war, to release our hostages, eliminate Hamas, and ensure that Gaza will never again pose a threat to the residents of Israel.”
The UN continues to urge for a ceasefire in Gaza for humanitarian purposes. Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN, highlighted that it is very challenging and complex to plan for the delivery of humanitarian goods based on 24-hour segments. “There has been almost no improvement in the access of residents in the north to water as most of the main water production facilities were shut down due to the lack of fuel and some also due to damages.”
US Gave Israel Go Ahead
Hamas has accused the United States of giving Israel the green light to resume the war, irrespective of the laws of war, and international and humanitarian laws. “Our Palestinian people have the right to defend themselves by all means, and they have the right to gain their freedom and independence, establish their Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, and completely remove the occupation from their lands in accordance with international and UN laws.”
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said if Israel resumes war and moves against southern Gaza to pursue Hamas, it must do so in compliance with international humanitarian law. Israel must have a clear plan in place to protect civilians. With a large portion of Gaza’s population now crammed into the south, Blinken said Israeli leaders understood that the massive levels of civilian life and displacement scale in the north must not be repeated in the south.