Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza Strip


Israeli warplanes Tuesday overnight bombed several sites in the Gaza Strip, according to Shehab News Agency correspondent.

He said that the Israeli F-16 fighter jets targeted a site to the west of Khan Younius, south of the besieged coastal enclave, a plot of agricultural land, east of Gaza city, the vicinity of al-Shuhada graveyard, east of the Jabalia town, in addition to a site to the east of Shuja'iyya neighborhood.

He added that the airstrikes caused substantial damages in the targeted sites, specifically in the nearby civilian houses and property.

No human casualties were reported, however.

Meanwhile, the Israeli navy opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats offshore al-Sudaniya area, west of Beit Lahia in the northern besieged enclave. No casualties or damages were reported though.

Fourteen years following the Israeli “disengagement” from Gaza, Israel has not actually disengaged from Gaza; it still maintains control of its land borders, access to the sea and airspace.

Two million Palestinians live the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a punishing and crippling Israeli blockade for 12 years and repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure.

Gaza’s 2-million population remains under “remote control” occupation and a strict siege, which has destroyed the local economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, plunged them into unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, and cut off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider world.

Gaza remains occupied territory, having no control over its borders, territorial waters or airspace. Meanwhile, Israel upholds very few of its responsibilities as the occupying power, failing to provide for the basic needs of Palestinian civilians living in the territory.

Every two in three Palestinians in Gaza is a refugee from lands inside what is now Israel. That government forbids them from exercising their right to return as enshrined in international law because they are not Jews.