Israeli tanks, aircraft attack besieged Gaza Strip

Israel has targeted the northern part of the Gaza Strip with tanks and unmanned aircraft in yet another act of aggression against the besieged Palestinian sliver.

The Israeli military announced in a statement on Thursday that the tanks fire had struck targets belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, after Palestinians allegedly set off explosions along the border area.

A security source from Hamas said that one round hit an observation post near the border, causing damage but no casualties.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Wafa news agency said that the tank shelling by Israeli forces targeted farmland. It added that one person was injured after Israeli surveillance plane launched rocket attacks at a location in Beit Hanoun to the east of Gaza.

The attack left the site totally destroyed and damage caused to people’s property, according to WAFA.

In recent months, the Israeli military has stepped up its attacks against Gaza, using alleged rockets attacks from the area as a pretext.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.

Tel Aviv has waged three wars on the coastal enclave since 2008, including the 2014 offensive, which left more than 2,200 Palestinians dead.

Israel claims Hamas uses Gaza underground tunnels to stockpile weapons and infiltrate into the occupied lands.

The resistance group, however, says the tunnels are needed to defend Gaza against Israeli attacks and transfer essential supplies, including food and fuel, into the blockaded Palestinian territory.

source – PressTV