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3 hours deadline for Gazans to evacuate Southward as Netanyahu Visits Israeli Troops Near Gaza, Fighting Escalates

3 hours deadline for Gazans to evacuate Southward as Netanyahu Visits Israeli Troops Near Gaza, Fighting Escalates

Israeli Authority has given Gazans 3-hour deadline to evacuate southward, report claims



Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited frontline soldiers near the Gaza border. Israel continues to deploy tanks and heavy artillery around Gaza in preparation for a ground offensive. Israeli continues airstrikes on Gaza for 9th consecutive day. 


Israel forces said Hamas is preventing Palestinians from leaving Gaza.


Large Explosions were seen on Gaza’s skyline as Israel continues airstrikes for 9th consecutive day.

 Thousands of Gazans left homeless by Israeli bombardment as Egypt sends aid to Gaza to support Palestinians.




Israeli Authority has given Gazans 3-hour deadline to evacuate southward, report claims



Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited frontline soldiers near the Gaza border. Israel continues to deploy tanks and heavy artillery around Gaza in preparation for a ground offensive. Israeli continues airstrikes on Gaza for 9th consecutive day. 


Israel forces said Hamas is preventing Palestinians from leaving Gaza.


Large Explosions were seen on Gaza’s skyline as Israel continues airstrikes for 9th consecutive day.

 Thousands of Gazans left homeless by Israeli bombardment as Egypt sends aid to Gaza to support Palestinians.




Israeli Defense Forces Strike Targets in Gaza as Hamas fired not less than 3 dozens of Rockets into Israel's territory

Israeli Defense Forces Strike Targets in Gaza as Hamas fired not less than 3 dozens of Rockets into Israel's territory

By Associated Press



Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired some three dozen rockets into Israel overnight Saturday, while the Israeli military struck back at targets operated by the ruling Hamas group. The exchange came as tensions in Jerusalem spilled over into the worst round of cross-border violence in months.


The barrage of rocket fire came as hundreds of Palestinians rioted in Jerusalem, clashing with Israeli police.  At least four police and six protesters were injured.


The riots have become a nightly occurrence throughout the month of Ramadan and show no signs of stopping.

The Israeli military said a total of 36 rockets were fired into Israel throughout the night. It said six rockets were intercepted, while most of the others landed in open areas. There were no reports of injuries or serious damage, but the incoming rocket fire set off air-raid sirens throughout southern Israel.


The military imposed limits on outdoor gatherings in southern Israel early Saturday but lifted the restrictions several hours later and allowed people to resume their normal routines.


Israel and Hamas, an Islamic terror group sworn to Israel’s destruction, are bitter enemies that have fought three wars and numerous skirmishes since Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007 after a bloody battle with rival Palestinian factions.


Although neither side appears to have an interest in escalating tensions, Hamas may feel obligated to act ahead of upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections.


At dawn, hundreds of people in Gaza challenged nightly curfews imposed by Hamas to curb the coronavirus outbreak and took to the streets in an act of solidarity with fellow Palestinians in Jerusalem, burning tires.


The Palestinians want Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, to be the capital of their future state.


Palestinians have clashed with Israeli police on a nightly basis since the start of the month of Ramadan nearly two weeks ago.


The clashes intensified Thursday evening when hundreds of Palestinians hurled stones and bottles at police, who fired a water cannon and stun grenades to disperse them.


At the same time, a Jewish group known as Lahava led a march of hundreds of protesters chanting “Arabs get out!” toward the Damascus Gate. The group, led by a disciple of the late rabbi Meir Kahane, is allied with elements of a far-right party elected to Israel’s parliament last month.


The show of force came in response to videos circulated on TikTok showing Palestinians slapping religious Jews at random. After keeping them a few hundred yards (meters) away from Damascus Gate, police used water cannon, stun grenades and mounted police to push Israeli protesters back toward Jewish areas of Jerusalem.


In all, police said 44 people were arrested and 20 officers were injured.

By Associated Press



Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired some three dozen rockets into Israel overnight Saturday, while the Israeli military struck back at targets operated by the ruling Hamas group. The exchange came as tensions in Jerusalem spilled over into the worst round of cross-border violence in months.


The barrage of rocket fire came as hundreds of Palestinians rioted in Jerusalem, clashing with Israeli police.  At least four police and six protesters were injured.


The riots have become a nightly occurrence throughout the month of Ramadan and show no signs of stopping.

The Israeli military said a total of 36 rockets were fired into Israel throughout the night. It said six rockets were intercepted, while most of the others landed in open areas. There were no reports of injuries or serious damage, but the incoming rocket fire set off air-raid sirens throughout southern Israel.


The military imposed limits on outdoor gatherings in southern Israel early Saturday but lifted the restrictions several hours later and allowed people to resume their normal routines.


Israel and Hamas, an Islamic terror group sworn to Israel’s destruction, are bitter enemies that have fought three wars and numerous skirmishes since Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007 after a bloody battle with rival Palestinian factions.


Although neither side appears to have an interest in escalating tensions, Hamas may feel obligated to act ahead of upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections.


At dawn, hundreds of people in Gaza challenged nightly curfews imposed by Hamas to curb the coronavirus outbreak and took to the streets in an act of solidarity with fellow Palestinians in Jerusalem, burning tires.


The Palestinians want Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, to be the capital of their future state.


Palestinians have clashed with Israeli police on a nightly basis since the start of the month of Ramadan nearly two weeks ago.


The clashes intensified Thursday evening when hundreds of Palestinians hurled stones and bottles at police, who fired a water cannon and stun grenades to disperse them.


At the same time, a Jewish group known as Lahava led a march of hundreds of protesters chanting “Arabs get out!” toward the Damascus Gate. The group, led by a disciple of the late rabbi Meir Kahane, is allied with elements of a far-right party elected to Israel’s parliament last month.


The show of force came in response to videos circulated on TikTok showing Palestinians slapping religious Jews at random. After keeping them a few hundred yards (meters) away from Damascus Gate, police used water cannon, stun grenades and mounted police to push Israeli protesters back toward Jewish areas of Jerusalem.


In all, police said 44 people were arrested and 20 officers were injured.

Saudi Price for Ties With Israel Is Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital, Says Saudi Royal

Saudi Price for Ties With Israel Is Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital, Says Saudi Royal

Saudi Arabia's price for normalising relations with Israel is the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, a senior member of the Saudi royal family reaffirmed on Friday, Haaretz reported. 

According to the report, Prince Turki al-Faisal said this in an apparent response to U.S. President Donald Trump who said on Wednesday he expected Saudi Arabia to join a deal announced last week by Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalise diplomatic ties.

Notwithstanding, the former ambassador to Washington and ex-intelligence chief  opined that UAE's decision, noting that Riyadh's close ally had secured a key condition - a halt to Israeli annexation plans.

The UAE is only the third Arab state in more than 70 years to forge full relations with Israel. 

Under the U.S.-brokered deal, Israel shelved plans to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank, which Palestinians seek as part of a future state.

The UAE said Israel's commitment had kept alive the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel hitherto had no formal ties with Gulf Arab states but shared concerns with the UAE about Iran's regional influence and actions, along with the UAE's role as a regional business hub, led to a limited thaw and discreet contacts in recent years.

The deal raised speculation that other U.S.-backed Gulf Arab countries might follow. But Prince Turki said Saudi Arabia, the biggest Gulf Arab power which has traditionally guided policy towards Israel, expected a higher return from Israel.

"Any Arab state that is considering following the UAE should demand in return a price, and it should be an expensive price," he wrote in the Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has set a price for concluding peace between Israel and the Arabs - it is the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as capital, as provided for by the initiative of the late King Abdullah."

That 2002 Arab League plan offered Israel normalised ties in return for Israeli withdrawal from all territories - the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem - captured in the 1967 Middle East war, and a Palestinian state there.

In the first Saudi reaction to the UAE-Israeli deal, Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan said on Wednesday Riyadh remained committed to the Arab peace initiative.

Prince Turki currently holds no government office but remains influential as current chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.
Saudi Arabia's price for normalising relations with Israel is the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, a senior member of the Saudi royal family reaffirmed on Friday, Haaretz reported. 

According to the report, Prince Turki al-Faisal said this in an apparent response to U.S. President Donald Trump who said on Wednesday he expected Saudi Arabia to join a deal announced last week by Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalise diplomatic ties.

Notwithstanding, the former ambassador to Washington and ex-intelligence chief  opined that UAE's decision, noting that Riyadh's close ally had secured a key condition - a halt to Israeli annexation plans.

The UAE is only the third Arab state in more than 70 years to forge full relations with Israel. 

Under the U.S.-brokered deal, Israel shelved plans to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank, which Palestinians seek as part of a future state.

The UAE said Israel's commitment had kept alive the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel hitherto had no formal ties with Gulf Arab states but shared concerns with the UAE about Iran's regional influence and actions, along with the UAE's role as a regional business hub, led to a limited thaw and discreet contacts in recent years.

The deal raised speculation that other U.S.-backed Gulf Arab countries might follow. But Prince Turki said Saudi Arabia, the biggest Gulf Arab power which has traditionally guided policy towards Israel, expected a higher return from Israel.

"Any Arab state that is considering following the UAE should demand in return a price, and it should be an expensive price," he wrote in the Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has set a price for concluding peace between Israel and the Arabs - it is the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as capital, as provided for by the initiative of the late King Abdullah."

That 2002 Arab League plan offered Israel normalised ties in return for Israeli withdrawal from all territories - the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem - captured in the 1967 Middle East war, and a Palestinian state there.

In the first Saudi reaction to the UAE-Israeli deal, Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan said on Wednesday Riyadh remained committed to the Arab peace initiative.

Prince Turki currently holds no government office but remains influential as current chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

Israeli warplanes strikes cause massive explosions in Gaza

Israeli warplanes strikes cause massive explosions in Gaza

Israeli warplanes launched heavy strikes over the Gaza Strip early Thursday for the 10th straight days, hitting a number of sites across the region.


According to Palestinian activists, the airstrikes caused massive explosions that could be felt throughout Gaza.

 

Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in a tweet this evening: “Explosive balloons were launched from #Gaza into #Israel throughout the day.”

They added: “In response, our fighter jets just struck infrastructure belonging to Hamas in Gaza used to construct tunnels.”


Tonight’s airstrikes by the Israeli Defense Forces mark the tenth day in a row that they have targeted the Gaza Strip.

The strikes were primarily concentrated on the Khan Younis area, which is located in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.



 

Israeli warplanes launched heavy strikes over the Gaza Strip early Thursday for the 10th straight days, hitting a number of sites across the region.


According to Palestinian activists, the airstrikes caused massive explosions that could be felt throughout Gaza.

 

Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in a tweet this evening: “Explosive balloons were launched from #Gaza into #Israel throughout the day.”

They added: “In response, our fighter jets just struck infrastructure belonging to Hamas in Gaza used to construct tunnels.”


Tonight’s airstrikes by the Israeli Defense Forces mark the tenth day in a row that they have targeted the Gaza Strip.

The strikes were primarily concentrated on the Khan Younis area, which is located in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.



 

IDF says airstrikes hit Hamas targets in Gaza after fresh arson

IDF says airstrikes hit Hamas targets in Gaza after fresh arson

TOI Photo: Damage caused by an incendiary ballon that landed 
outside of a kindergarten in Sderot, August 17, 2020.
(Israel Fire Department)
Israel Defense Forces has said its war planes and aircraft carried out strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after midnight Monday in response to continued arson balloon attacks on Israel, TOI reported.

According to the report, the IDF said it hit “underground infrastructure of the Hamas terror group,” but gave no further details on the targets.

The Israeli Army confirmed that it hit terror group’s underground infrastructure; move comes after Egyptian mediators leave Strip after bid to reduce tensions.


"Recently, IDF fighter jets and aircraft attacked underground infrastructure of the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip. The attack was carried out in response to the explosion of explosive balloons and arson from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory during the day."
  The Hamas-linked al-Resalah news reported Israeli shelling in the northern Gaza Strip and airstrikes in southern Gaza close to Rafah city around the disused Yasser Arafat International Airport.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The army said the strikes were in retaliation for a series of arson balloon attacks on Monday, including one suspected of having started a small fire Monday afternoon outside a kindergarten in the southern town of Sderot.

Firefighters were called to the scene and quickly put out the blaze in a plastic closet outside the school.

The blaze was one of 20 fires that erupted in areas surrounding the Gaza Strip on Monday, suspected to have been started by the arson balloons.

Separately, police said a “suspicious item” affixed to a balloon was being neutralized in the southern town of Netivot, after apparently being flown across the border from Gaza.

The continued violence comes despite the efforts of Egyptian mediators who were in the Gaza Strip on Monday in an effort to reduce tensions and prevent a new cross-border conflict between Israel and Hamas.

They departed earlier Monday without appearing to have secured a resolution.

Mediators typically announce any agreements before leaving the territory. But after a day of meetings with officials from Hamas, the three Egyptian general intelligence envoys left for Israel, according to Adel Abdelrahman, a Gaza-based advisor to the Egyptian mediators. They made no declaration before departing.

The urgent visit came as hostilities broke out along the Gaza-Israel frontier after months of calm due in part to leaders from both sides being occupied by the coronavirus crisis.

For the past week, Palestinian youth groups affiliated with Hamas, the terror group that seized control of Gaza from rival Palestinian forces in 2007, have fired incendiary balloons toward Israel, setting swaths of farmland on fire. Israel, which holds Hamas responsible for violence emanating from the territory, responded with airstrikes on Hamas military sites, banned Gaza’s fishermen from taking to the sea and shut the main commercial crossing into the territory.

On Tuesday, the lone power plant in Gaza is scheduled to shut down because the closure of Kerem Shalom crossing has cut fuel supplies, exacerbating the power crisis and leaving Gaza’s 2 million residents with about four hours of electricity a day.

Hamas says Israel did not honor previous understandings reached with the help of Egypt and Qatar, in which Israel should ease the blockade it has imposed on Gaza since Hamas’ takeover and allow for large-scale projects to help rescue the collapsing economy.

TOI Photo: Damage caused by an incendiary ballon that landed 
outside of a kindergarten in Sderot, August 17, 2020.
(Israel Fire Department)
Israel Defense Forces has said its war planes and aircraft carried out strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after midnight Monday in response to continued arson balloon attacks on Israel, TOI reported.

According to the report, the IDF said it hit “underground infrastructure of the Hamas terror group,” but gave no further details on the targets.

The Israeli Army confirmed that it hit terror group’s underground infrastructure; move comes after Egyptian mediators leave Strip after bid to reduce tensions.


"Recently, IDF fighter jets and aircraft attacked underground infrastructure of the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip. The attack was carried out in response to the explosion of explosive balloons and arson from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory during the day."
  The Hamas-linked al-Resalah news reported Israeli shelling in the northern Gaza Strip and airstrikes in southern Gaza close to Rafah city around the disused Yasser Arafat International Airport.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The army said the strikes were in retaliation for a series of arson balloon attacks on Monday, including one suspected of having started a small fire Monday afternoon outside a kindergarten in the southern town of Sderot.

Firefighters were called to the scene and quickly put out the blaze in a plastic closet outside the school.

The blaze was one of 20 fires that erupted in areas surrounding the Gaza Strip on Monday, suspected to have been started by the arson balloons.

Separately, police said a “suspicious item” affixed to a balloon was being neutralized in the southern town of Netivot, after apparently being flown across the border from Gaza.

The continued violence comes despite the efforts of Egyptian mediators who were in the Gaza Strip on Monday in an effort to reduce tensions and prevent a new cross-border conflict between Israel and Hamas.

They departed earlier Monday without appearing to have secured a resolution.

Mediators typically announce any agreements before leaving the territory. But after a day of meetings with officials from Hamas, the three Egyptian general intelligence envoys left for Israel, according to Adel Abdelrahman, a Gaza-based advisor to the Egyptian mediators. They made no declaration before departing.

The urgent visit came as hostilities broke out along the Gaza-Israel frontier after months of calm due in part to leaders from both sides being occupied by the coronavirus crisis.

For the past week, Palestinian youth groups affiliated with Hamas, the terror group that seized control of Gaza from rival Palestinian forces in 2007, have fired incendiary balloons toward Israel, setting swaths of farmland on fire. Israel, which holds Hamas responsible for violence emanating from the territory, responded with airstrikes on Hamas military sites, banned Gaza’s fishermen from taking to the sea and shut the main commercial crossing into the territory.

On Tuesday, the lone power plant in Gaza is scheduled to shut down because the closure of Kerem Shalom crossing has cut fuel supplies, exacerbating the power crisis and leaving Gaza’s 2 million residents with about four hours of electricity a day.

Hamas says Israel did not honor previous understandings reached with the help of Egypt and Qatar, in which Israel should ease the blockade it has imposed on Gaza since Hamas’ takeover and allow for large-scale projects to help rescue the collapsing economy.

Israeli Air Force launches heavyattack over Gaza

Israeli Air Force launches heavyattack over Gaza

On Friday evening, the Israeli Air Force launched raids over the Gaza Strip, claiming their strikes were in response to Hamas’ launching of incendiary balloons at Israel. The Israeli strikes targeted a number of sites overnight, including the Beit Lahiya area in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli Air Force would also target the port west of Khan Younis, as they fired a number of missiles toward this coastal area. Local Palestinian activists reported heavy damage to several buildings in the Gaza Strip, while also confirming the hospitalization of a three-year-old girl from the Al-Bureij Camp.

The young girl was said to have suffered minor injuries and was treated at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital. He also confirmed the arrival of a 3-year-old girl from Al-Bureij, to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, after she was lightly injured.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said their raids specifically targeted site belonging to the Hamas Movement’s military wing. Videos of the airstrikes were released on social media last night, showing several blasts inside the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli Air Force has since halted their attack over the Gaza Strip, but the situation still remains very tense. AMN
On Friday evening, the Israeli Air Force launched raids over the Gaza Strip, claiming their strikes were in response to Hamas’ launching of incendiary balloons at Israel. The Israeli strikes targeted a number of sites overnight, including the Beit Lahiya area in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli Air Force would also target the port west of Khan Younis, as they fired a number of missiles toward this coastal area. Local Palestinian activists reported heavy damage to several buildings in the Gaza Strip, while also confirming the hospitalization of a three-year-old girl from the Al-Bureij Camp.

The young girl was said to have suffered minor injuries and was treated at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital. He also confirmed the arrival of a 3-year-old girl from Al-Bureij, to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, after she was lightly injured.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said their raids specifically targeted site belonging to the Hamas Movement’s military wing. Videos of the airstrikes were released on social media last night, showing several blasts inside the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli Air Force has since halted their attack over the Gaza Strip, but the situation still remains very tense. AMN

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