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Gaza hit by 80 Israeli airstrikes


By Eli Lillis - October 28, 2018
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Tags: [Gaza] [Israeli violence]

Israeli warplanes struck Gaza more than 80 times in the early hours of October 27. 

Most of the airstrikes hit areas that the IDF claim is used by militants for training and possibly weapons storage.
 
In northern Gaza, the Ministry of Health said that the main hospital in the area was damaged. A video showed cables and wires dropping from collapsed ceilings.
 
In Gaza City, an airstrike hit an unfinished building, destroying the three-story structure.
 
In southern Gaza, schools were suspended after airstrikes hit areas in the vicinity, forcing education officials to cancel classes immediately.
 
Israeli forces regularly strike the besieged Gaza Strip, claiming they target resistance sites, however, thousands of Palestinians have been left homeless as a result.
 
There were no reports of casualties from the strikes.
 
The airstrikes come after some 30 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel’s south.
 
Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.
 
They issued a statement saying that it normally exercises restraint, but it "can no longer stand idle before the continued killing of innocents and bloodshed by the Israeli occupation.”
 
It was not confirmed whether Islamic Jihad, which sometimes acts independently, had coordinated the rocket fire with Hamas.
 
An IDF spokesperson claimed the attacks were ordered from Iran.
 
On October 26, thousands of Palestinians gathered at five locations along the blockade, burning tires and throwing stones at Israeli soldiers who used both tear gas and live rounds.
 
Since the “Great March of Return” began six months ago, at least 210 Palestinians present or taking part in the protests have been killed and more than 18,000 wounded.
 
Palestinians started the popular protests to call for an end to the 11-year siege of Gaza.
 
They are also calling for their right to return to the homes which their families were forcibly removed from by occupying Israeli forces.
Israel has come under strong international condemnation for its response to unarmed protesters taking part in the march, which many view as an excessive use of force resulting in war crimes.
 
The blockade has made life in Gaza exceedingly difficult.
 
The two million residents have access to electricity for only a few hours a day and undrinkable tap water.
 
Spiralling unemployment and limited freedom of travel motivates large participation in the protests.

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