Abu Dhabi, Gaza, Tel Aviv (Al-Ittihad, WAM, companies)
The UAE expressed its deep concern over the escalation of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, burdened the necessity to cease the escalation and protect the lives of civilians, and prolonged its honest condolences to all of the casualties suffered on account of the latest preventing .
The Ministry of International Affairs confirmed in a press release that the UAE calls for optimum restraint and a right away ceasefire to keep away from harmful penalties.
The ministry indicated that the United Arab Emirates, in its capability as a non-permanent member of the UN Safety Council, requires the necessity for the fast reactivation of the worldwide Quartet to revive the trail of Arab-Israeli peace, and urges the worldwide group to proceed all efforts to realize complete and simply peace and keep away from dragging the area to new ranges of violence, rigidity and instability.
Palestinian factions carried out a large-scale shock assault within the Gaza Strip space as Palestinian fighters stormed Israeli settlements, coinciding with the firing of hundreds of rockets in the direction of southern Israel.
In accordance with preliminary Israeli statistics, 290 Israelis had been killed and round 1,500 others had been injured within the unprecedented assault, together with 270 severely injured. The assault additionally resulted within the seize of dozens of Israelis, whereas some 237 Palestinians had been killed and greater than 1,700 others. had been injured in bombings at areas within the Gaza Strip. The sirens didn’t cease in Israeli cities and villages bordering the Gaza Strip, and the sirens additionally sounded in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the place Israeli air defenses intercepted many rockets.
Israel’s emergency and ambulance service recorded the deaths of 290 folks and mentioned lots of of injured folks had been taken to hospitals.
The Palestinian Well being Ministry mentioned in a press release: “The whole variety of casualties and accidents amounted to 237 useless and 1,700 injured with numerous accidents within the Gaza Strip.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned in a video message: “We’re at battle. It’s not simply an operation or a cycle of violence, however fairly a battle.”
At 6:30 a.m. native time, a barrage of rockets started to be launched from the Gaza Strip in the direction of Israeli territory, whereas Israel started to reply round 11 a.m.
A pacesetter of the Palestinian factions mentioned: “The operation is a response to the occupation’s crimes in opposition to the Palestinians and the repeated raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” The Israeli military confirmed that “its forces are preventing battles in opposition to Palestinian fighters within the areas surrounding the Gaza Strip after infiltrating by sea and land by parachute.”
Military spokesman Richard Hecht mentioned at a information convention: “It was a twin operation, carried out by sea and land gliders.”
He identified that hundreds of reserve troopers might be deployed on the border with the Gaza Strip, but in addition on the north of Israel, on the borders with Lebanon and Syria, and within the West Financial institution.
The Israeli navy confirmed that Palestinian factions detained troopers and civilians through the assaults.
Military spokesman Daniel Hagery mentioned: “Troopers and civilians have been detained,” including: “I can’t present any figures on them presently.” The Palestinian factions broadcast a video clip displaying the arrest of three males carrying civilian garments who they mentioned had been Israelis.
Final night time, warplanes carried out assaults on the Gaza Strip, destroying no less than two towers. Eyewitnesses within the Gaza Strip reported that lots of of residents fled their houses on the border with Israel, and that males, girls and kids carried meals provides and blankets and left their houses.
Within the West Financial institution, the Well being Ministry introduced yesterday that 5 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli military gunfire within the cities of Jericho, Al-Bireh, Qalqilya and within the metropolis of ‘Al-Laban Al-Gharbi’ in Ramallah.