The clash between Israel and the Palestinians continues. “God help the people of Gaza. In the last 45 minutes the heaviest bombing near the building with our UNRWA offices.” Thus, around 1 tonight, Matthias Schmale, director of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (Unrwa), gave an account of the massive Israeli attack on Gaza City which also touched the headquarters of the UN agency. In the night, alarm sirens are sounded in Tel Aviv and surrounding cities, to signal incoming rockets. The alarms, reported the Times of Israel, were also raised in Ashdod, Ashkelon and the West Bank. Several missiles, the Times of Israel reported, were intercepted by the ‘Iron Dome’ missile defense system, which in the meantime went into action. There is currently no news of victims as a result of the new attack. But, according to the Twitter account of the IDF, the Israeli armed forces, “Hamas has launched a heavy barrage of rockets from Gaza towards central and southern areas of Israel. Men, women, children and the elderly are in shelters for protect yourself from rockets fired at them “. A few hours earlier, Hamas had issued a warning that it would renew rocket launches in central Israel after midnight local time. As a result, the Israeli air force has launched an intense series of air strikes on the Gaza Strip. Israel does not currently intend to stop the military offensive against Hamas. The ongoing operation will continue “for as long as necessary”, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu thanked US President Joe Biden for his firm support and stressed that Israel is doing everything possible to avoid civilian casualties. Speaking of Arab violence in Israel, Netanyahu used the term “terrorism” and warned that “anyone who acts as a terrorist will be treated as such”. “We expect difficult days, but we will be united and strong,” Netanyahu said. “We must remember and tell ourselves this: we are right and we cannot come to terms with this terror, with this ferocity, with this violence,” he added in a statement reported by the Times of Israel. The Israeli prime minister urges the population to stay close to the air raid shelters. Various initiatives to stop hostilities have been rejected by the Israeli leadership. “This is not the time for a ceasefire. We continue,” reported an Israeli government source, quoted by Channel 12. According to the source, discussions for a possible truce are postponed until next week. Yesterday afternoon, the forces Israelis destroyed the Al Jalaa tower in Gaza City, a tall building where several media outlets were based, including Al Jazeera and the Associated Press news agency. Times of Israel showed a video of the building crumbling into a cloud of dust. Israeli forces had warned the occupants of the building an hour in advance of the attack. There was also a warning with the ‘roof knocking’ system, a rocket against the roof that did not cause serious damage. According to the Israeli army, the building also contained “military assets” used by Hamas intelligence. accused of “hiding behind” the offices of the international press using information workers “as human shields”. “The terrorist group Hamas intentionally places its military assets in the heart of the civilian population in Gaza,” a statement read. In a second statement, the IDF explained that in addition to being used by the Hamas military intelligence research and development unit, the building housed other offices of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. According to the IDF, the Hamas unit has been responsible for numerous “acts of sabotage” against Israel and is in possession of the “most valuable technology” available to Hamas.
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