Fri 17 May 2024 3:30 pm - Jerusalem Time

Israel escalates its attacks in Rafah and Jabalia and besieges shelter centers in Beit Hanoun

Press sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces expanded, today, Friday, their incursion into the city of Rafah (south) and Jabalia camp (north) in the Gaza Strip, while the occupation mechanisms continue to besiege shelter centers for displaced people in Beit Hanoun, north of the Strip.

This comes as intense Israeli bombardment continues in various parts of the Gaza Strip, leaving dozens of martyrs and injured.

The sources said that the Israeli forces intensified their firing, coinciding with the expansion of their incursion into the Jabalia camp in the northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli forces advancing to the entrance to Beit Hanoun continued to besiege shelter centers and prevent residents and displaced persons from leaving.

The Israeli army's operations in Jabalia continue for the sixth day in a row, while its raids target areas of the Jabalia camp since the early hours of dawn.

The sources added that the continuous artillery shelling targeted the Bir Al-Naja area, the Al-Qasasib neighborhood, the Al-Faluga area, and the vicinity of Kamal Adwan Hospital.

The Israeli army said that its forces are continuing their operations in Jabalia, north of Gaza, and that they have eliminated more than 150 militants.

The army statement added that it destroyed several missile launchers, and that dozens of them were found, some of which were long-range. However, the spokesman for the occupation army, Daniel Hagari, spoke of the presence of what he called “major operational pressure” in the Jabalia area.

In Rafah, the Israeli is still launching raids on various areas of the city, south of the Gaza Strip, while Israeli artillery continues to bombard areas east and center of the city.

The Israeli army indicated that the forces of the 162nd Division continued their fighting east of the city, and attacked military targets belonging to the Hamas movement, with support from the Air Force.

The Israeli army also said that its forces east of Rafah were able, through reconnaissance drones, to discover and destroy missile platforms that were ready to launch long-range missiles towards Israel.

Source: Al Jazeera Channel


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Israel escalates its attacks in Rafah and Jabalia and besieges shelter centers in Beit Hanoun