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Israel blames Gaza rocket misfire for child deaths — RT World News

The loss of life toll within the Gaza Strip amid Israel’s ongoing ‘Operation Breaking Dawn’ has grown to 24, together with six kids, with over 200 folks wounded as of Saturday evening, in keeping with Palestinian well being officers. The Israeli navy accuses the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militants of utilizing civilians as “human shields” and killing personal folks in botched rocket assaults.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed putting a number of “terrorist targets” throughout the Gaza Strip on Saturday, however denied any duty for a lethal blast in Jabalia refugee camp within the north of the enclave that reportedly killed no less than six folks, together with three kids.

“Following the reports of the tragic events in Jabaliya, the IDF concluded an in-depth debrief. Based on all the IDF systems data, it appears that this event is the outcome of an Islamic Jihad rocket misfire,” the IDF stated in a tweet on Saturday evening, including it “did not conduct any activities in Jabaliya at the time of the event.”

The Israeli navy stated their radar knowledge can “prove beyond any doubt that this is not an Israeli attack.” A video of the alleged failed launch circulated on social media and was aired by Israeli TV stations, however its authenticity couldn’t be instantly confirmed. 

“Tonight, Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket towards Israeli children, but ended up killing Gazan children instead,” added a spokeswoman to Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

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The flare-up of tensions started on Monday, after Israel arrested the Islamic Jihad’s West Bank chief, Bassem Saadi, with a Palestinian teenager killed throughout the raid. Amid an outcry amongst Palestinians, the PIJ threatened retaliation and positioned its fighters in Gaza on excessive alert.

On Friday, the IDF launched a navy operation, dubbed ‘Breaking Dawn’, citing an “imminent threat of attack against Israeli civilians posed by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization.” The first strikes killed a senior PIJ commander, Taysir al-Jabari, whereas a further 10-20 PIJ operatives have been allegedly focused with missiles and artillery.

In retaliation, PIJ militants launched a number of volleys of rockets at Israel, over 350 in whole since Friday, in keeping with the Times of Israel. The IDF says no less than 90 of those projectiles veered off-course or fell quick inside the Gaza Strip, whereas practically 95% of the remainder have been intercepted mid-air by the Iron Dome missile protection methods.

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Gaza’s well being ministry stated the hostilities claimed 24 lives to date, together with six kids and two ladies. There have been no experiences of casualties on the Israeli aspect.

The IDF vowed to proceed the navy operation till its goals are reached, saying on Saturday they’re ready for a “week of fighting,” and that there are not any peace talks in the meanwhile.

“The State of Israel is working to defend its citizens and that we will operate decisively and with as great precision as possible against terror operatives and infrastructure,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz tweeted.