GAZA CITY: Israel, early on Tuesday, shelled a site belonging to the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in the southern Gaza Strip, in response to the firing of a shell by one of the Palestinian factions to an Israeli town, adjacent to the Gaza Strip.
There was no property damage or injuries, Palestinian and Israeli sources said, but warned an escalation could be imminent.
The missile was fired from Gaza after several months following threats from Palestinian factions in light of Israeli attacks in Jerusalem and West Bank cities, particularly Jenin.
The situation has worsened in the northern West Bank and Jerusalem since the start of Ramadan after Palestinian fire in Israeli towns left several dead and injured.
Hamas has warned Israel that its continued violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque could lead to escalation on multiple fronts, while Ziad Al-Nakhala, secretary general of Islamic Jihad, who resides in Beirut and is backed by Iran, said threatened to confront Israel if the attacks do not stop.
“Threats from the (Israeli) occupation to shut down Gaza facilities cannot keep us silent about what is happening in Jerusalem and the West Bank,” Al-Nakhala said.
Hazem Qassem, spokesman for Hamas in Gaza, said after the Israeli bombardment: “The confrontation, which is a natural reaction of our people and their resistance against the usurping occupation, continues on all axes of conflict in Jerusalem. , in Gaza, the West Bank and the occupied territories. The Zionist bombardment of some empty sites is a failed attempt to prevent our Palestinian people from defending the city of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Local news sites quoted Islamic Jihad sources as giving Israel until Wednesday evening to halt attacks in Al-Aqsa before the militant group returns to a confrontation from Gaza.
Last year, clashes erupted at the end of Ramadan following a flag march by Israeli settler associations in Jerusalem.
This year, Israeli authorities on Wednesday rejected a request for a similar gathering fearing an escalation, according to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.
The march is organized to celebrate Israel’s declaration of Jerusalem as its unified capital after its occupation and annexation in 1967.
Thousands of people take part and reach Jerusalem, passing along and inside the walls of the old city, the main market and the Islamic quarter.
Egypt mediated between Hamas and Islamic Jihad on the one hand and Israel on the other, in order to prevent the possibility of an escalation in the Gaza Strip following the events in Jerusalem and the West Bank .
“The mediators’ efforts are focused on finding ways out and preventing the outbreak of a new war in Gaza,” said Zaher Jabarin, a member of Hamas’ political bureau.
“We have many ways to put pressure on the occupation, and opening a new front in Gaza is one of the options, which has not been taken off the table,” he added. .
Mustafa Ibrahim, writer and political analyst, said: “So far, the Israeli reaction has not gotten out of control. There are calculated and customary responses.
“Hamas has its own considerations regarding a broad escalation. It focuses on the confrontation in the West Bank because Gaza has not yet been rebuilt since the last war and Hamas’ military capabilities have not been restored despite all the statements made in this regard,” Ibrahim told Arab News.