Israeli aircraft violates Gaza ceasefire

Photo: MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/GETTY

Israel violated its ceasefire with Palestine at 1 AM this morning when it launched two bombs against Gaza.

The aircraft strikes are said to have been supposedly launched against Hamas sites in Gaza, “after incendiary balloons were launched from the Palestinian enclave.”

The occupation military said that the aircraft attacked “Hamas armed compounds in Gaza City and the southern town of Khan Younis,” adding that it was “ready for all scenarios, including renewed fighting in the face of continued terrorist acts emanating from Gaza.”

A spokesperson on behalf of Hamas said that Palestinians would continue their “brave resistance and defend their rights and sacred sites” in Jerusalem.

Some analysts have suggested that Hamas refrained from firing rockets around the flag march in Jerusalem to avoid an escalation in Gaza, which was brutally attacked and shelled during an 11-day war Israel waged on the area just last month.

A history of violations

This is not the first time a ceasefire is violated by Israel. In November 2012, Egypt brokered another ceasefire between the two, in which both agreed to cease hostilities. Israel also agreed to relieve restrictions on the Gaza strip, which is famously known as the world’s largest open-air prison due to poor living conditions and restrictions on freedom of mobility in the area.

In the years following the ceasefire, both Israel and Paletine violated the ceasefire, but Israel did so brutally and more frequently than Palestine.

Israel culminated a whooping 191 violations, 10 percent of which led to death, and 42 percent of which led to injury or detention. In contrast, Palestine culminated 75 violations, 4 percent of which led to injury or detention, but none of which caused any deaths.

The attacks resumed well into the coming years. On July 8, 2014, Israel waged a seven-week war on Gaza, resulting in one of the deadliest conflicts between the two parties in decades. 

Israel launched the attack following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas, and culminated in a combined Israeli airstrikes and ground bombardment on the area.


Check out our Sheikh Jarrah timeline for daily updates on human rights violations perpetrated against Palestinians.

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Lynn is a Beirut-based journalist. She is a reporter and editor for Beirut Today, actively contributing since 2018 through articles on politics, economics, lifestyle, fashion, and more.