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Israel: Military intercepts rockets from Gaza Strip

2023-01-27T01:09:24.134Z


Several Palestinians die in an Israeli military operation in the West Bank. Later, extremists fired rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip. The US is calling on both sides to de-escalate.


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West Bank: The images are said to show destruction after an Israeli military operation

PHOTO: RANEEN SAWAFTA / REUTERS

The Israeli military says it has intercepted two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

The two projectiles were fired from the Palestinian territory on Friday night.

The alarm sirens had previously sounded in southern Israel.

The Israeli media reported, citing political circles, that one had to be prepared for a possible escalation of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

According to Palestinian sources, ten people were killed in clashes with the Israeli military in the West Bank on Thursday.

Nine were killed in a raid in the city of Jenin that morning, according to the Ramallah Ministry of Health.

Dozens more were injured, including four seriously.

It was one of the deadliest military operations in the Palestinian Authority in years.

In the afternoon, a 22-year-old man was shot dead north of Jerusalem during confrontations with Israeli soldiers.

PA terminates security cooperation

According to the Israeli military, the forces in Jenin were shot at while trying to arrest several members of the Palestinian militant organization Islamic Jihad.

Three armed suspects were hit by bullets in a firefight and others were arrested.

The Palestinians are suspected of planning a terrorist attack, it said.

Jenin is considered a stronghold of militant Palestinians.

The Palestinian Authority announced in the evening that it would cooperate with Israel on security issues.

The authority cited unilateral steps and measures by Israel in the West Bank and the incidents in Jenin as the reason.

The autonomy authority had made similar announcements on previous occasions, but they were not actually implemented.

Islamic Jihad is particularly active in the Gaza Strip, from where it regularly carries out rocket attacks on Israel.

A US State Department spokesman called on both sides to de-escalate and work together to improve the security situation in the West Bank.

Next week US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

Among other things, meetings are planned with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been in office again since January, and Palestinian President Abbas.

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Source: spiegel

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