FGaza Strip, 01 Dec 2023 (Lusa) – Six Palestinians were killed this morning in an Israeli air strike on Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, declared the Ministry of Health of the Islamist movement Hamas, after the end of the week-long truce.
In addition, two children were killed in airstrikes in Gaza city, Fadel Naïm, a doctor at Ahli Arab hospital, told the France-Presse news agency (AFP).
Israeli airstrikes hit the south of the enclave, including the community of Abassan, east of the city of Khan Younis, the Interior Ministry of the territory governed by Hamas since 2007 also reported.
Another attack hit a house northwest of Gaza city, the Associated Press (AP) news agency wrote.
This morning, strong and continuous explosions were heard in the Gaza Strip, with black smoke spreading across the territory, continued the US agency.
In Israel, sirens sounded on three community farms near the Gaza Strip, warning of rocket launches, the AP also said, pointing out that this is a sign that Hamas has also resumed its attacks.
The Israeli military announced the resumption of fighting half an hour after the truce between the two sides of the conflict expired, at 7:00 am (5:00 am in Lisbon).
The Israeli army accused Hamas of breaking the ceasefire and announced the resumption of fighting.
“Hamas violated the operational pause and, in addition, fired on Israeli territory. The Israel Defense Forces [IDF, na sigla em inglês] have resumed fighting against the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip,” the army said in a statement.
The Israeli army claimed to have intercepted a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, shortly before the end of the truce with Hamas.
The anti-aircraft defense system “successfully intercepted a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip”, stated the IDF, in a message sent to the press just over an hour before the end of the truce established with Hamas.
The Gaza Strip’s Interior Ministry stated that “Israeli planes are flying over the Strip and their vehicles opened fire in the northwest of the enclave.”
The interruption of fighting had begun a week ago, on November 24, initially for four days, until it was prolonged with the help of Qatar and Egypt, mediator countries.
During the truce, Hamas and other Gaza militants released more than 100 hostages, most of them Israelis, in exchange for 240 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.
The Islamist group carried out a surprise attack against Israel on October 7, causing 1,200 deaths and more than 200 hostages, which led Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare war on Hamas and launch an offensive in the Gaza Strip that has already cost the lives of more than 15 thousand people.
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