On Saturday morning, the Israeli army launched several new raids on the Strip.
In addition, rocket barrages were fired towards the settlements around the Gaza Strip and Ashkelon.
The Israeli army announced that sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the settlements surrounding the Strip.
This came, after yesterday evening also witnessed more tension between the Israeli forces and the Islamic Jihad Movement, especially after the killing of Iyad al-Abd al-Hassani, a member of the Military Council and responsible for the Operations Unit of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of the movement), bringing the number of leaders killed since last Tuesday by targeting. Israeli to 6.
This escalation comes today while Egypt, the traditional mediator between Israel and the Palestinians, is still working to reach a cease-fire, while international calls are increasing for an end to the most dangerous escalation since August 2022 between the two sides.
New Egyptian proposal
Yesterday evening, Friday, Cairo presented a new formula for the cease-fire, which the Islamic Jihad movement responded to, but the Israeli response has yet to come. Al-Arabiya.net sources revealed that the proposal included a mutual cessation of attacks between the two sides, and a commitment to avoid harming civilians.
Sources in the Islamic Jihad movement accused the Israeli side of obstructing the Egyptian efforts.
The movement had previously confirmed that it adhered to its demands, which is to stop the assassinations and return the body of the prisoner Khader Adnan, who spent last week in Israeli prisons following a 3-month hunger strike, as well as stopping the flag march in the Old City of Jerusalem next Thursday.
On the other hand, Tel Aviv rejected those conditions, adhering to the principle of a cease-fire in exchange for a cease-fire only.
In addition, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry called today, Saturday, for real international pressure to stop the attack on Gaza and the introduction of aid to the Strip.
It is noteworthy that this escalation, which erupted between the two sides since last Tuesday, has so far claimed 33 Palestinian lives, including 6 children and one Israeli. (Arabic)