TENSION! Israeli jets strike Gaza, as Palestinian woman shot at West Bank checkpoint

AFP/File / Ashraf Amra<br />Heavy smoke billows following an Israeli military strike in Gaza City.

ABOVE: Heavy smoke billows following an Israeli military strike in Gaza City.AFP/File / Ashraf Amra/The Citizen.


 

She was shot after allegedly being seen carrying a bag in a ‘suspicious manner’ and entering a vehicle lane instead of the lane for pedestrians.

The Israeli Air Force attacked three Hamas military targets in Gaza on Monday following the firing of a rocket from Gaza which hit an open area in southern Israel causing no deaths or injuries.

Israeli and Palestinian media reports stated that the air force focused on targets west of the Nuseirat refugee camp in the centre of the Gaza Strip, and east of Rafah in the south of the coastal territory.

Earlier in the month a barrage of rockets were fired at the resort city of Eilat in southern Israel from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula but Israel’s Iron Dome missile Defence managed to intercept three of the rockets.

An Islamic State (IS)-affilated group claimed responsibility for the rocket fire on Eilat while Gaza-based militant groups, also affiliated with IS, are believed to have been behind the rockets fired from the coastal territory towards Isael.

However, Israel places responsibility for any rockets fired on its territory from Gaza on the Hamas leaders, irrespective of who fired them.

The Salafist groups often fire the rockets at Israel in revenge for Hamas arresting and imprisoning their men, knowing that Hamas bears the brunt of any retaliatory strikes.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian woman was shot and lightly injured by Israeli security guards at the Qalandia checkpoint between the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah and occupied East Jerusalem on Monday afternoon.

Israeli police claimed she was carrying a bag in a “suspicious manner” and had entered the vehicle lane instead of the lane for pedestrians.

According to Palestinian press agency Ma’an, five Palestinians were killed at the checkpoint in 2016, including two Palestinian siblings — Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail, who was 23 years old and five months pregnant, and her 16-year-old brother Ibrahim — in April after Israeli officials claimed the two were attempting to carry out a stabbing attack.

However, witnesses said that the brother and sister posed no threat at the time of their death.

– African News Agency/The Citizen

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