As Israel-Palestinian ceasefire, Gaza power plants resume

Fuel trucks were seen entering the main cargo crossing and heading towards the power plant in Gaza, which closed after Israel closed the crossing on Saturday during intense fighting between Israel and Palestine.

Fuel trucks were seen entering the main cargo crossing and heading towards the power plant in Gaza, which closed after Israel closed the crossing on Saturday during intense fighting between Israel and Palestine.

with ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian extremists After nearly three days of violence, Gaza’s only power plant resumed operations on Monday and Israel began reopening crossings in the region.

Israel also lifted security restrictions on southern Israeli communities after an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire took effect late Sunday.

War-weary people in Gaza and Israel were left to pick up the pieces another round of violence – The worst since last year’s 11-day war between Israel and the region’s militant Hamas rulers.

Since Friday, Israeli planes have targeted targets in Gaza, while the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group fired hundreds of rockets at Israel.

46 Palestinians killed

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that in the three days of fighting, 46 Palestinians, including 16 children and four women, were killed and 311 were wounded. Twelve of those killed were Islamic Jihad militants, one from a smaller armed group, and two were Hamas-linked policemen who were not taking part in the fighting, according to the armed groups.

Israel estimates a total of 47 Palestinians were killed, including 14 from misfired Islamic Jihad rockets. It said 20 fighters and seven civilians were killed in Israeli airstrikes and it was still investigating the six deaths.

No Israelis were killed or seriously injured in the fighting.

violence implied

The violence threatened to spiral into another all-out war, but was contained as Hamas remained on edge, possibly because it feared retaliation from Israel and exposed economic understanding with Israel, including issuing Israeli work permits. which provides an important source. Income for thousands of Gaza residents.

Israel and Hamas have fought four wars since their occupation of the region in 2007. The conflicts have taken a staggering toll on the poor region’s 2.3 million Palestinian residents.

The latest violence may have cemented the political fortunes of Israel’s acting prime minister, Yair Lapid, who had no experience leading military operations. He made an aggressive start less than three months before the general election, in which he is campaigning to keep the job.

“All our goals have been achieved,” Lapid said on Monday. The entire senior Islamic Jihad military command in Gaza was successfully targeted within three days.

Gaza crossing reopened

Israel began reopening crossings in Gaza for humanitarian needs, saying it would fully open them if peace prevails. Fuel trucks were seen entering the main cargo crossing and heading towards the power plant, which closed on Saturday after Israel closed the crossing.

This added to the misery at the height of the summer heat in the region, which is under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade and plagued by a chronic power crisis that gives residents only a few hours of electricity a day.

The lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis were disrupted during the violence, even as the country’s sophisticated Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted several rockets.

Israel began its campaign on Friday with an attack on an Islamic Jihad commander, saying there were “substantial threats” of an anti-tank missile attack against Israelis in response to last week’s arrest of a senior Islamic Jihad member in the occupied West Bank. ” Were. The arrest comes after months of Israeli raids in the West Bank following the Palestinian attacks.

Israel on Saturday killed another Islamic Jihad leader in an attack.

Both sides took pride in their respective successes. Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Sunday, Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad al-Nakhla said the militant group remained strong despite losing two commanders. “This is a victory for Islamic Jihad.

Despite that claim, the group undoubtedly suffered a setback. In addition to losing both leaders, he reduced his arsenal by firing hundreds of rockets.

Israel said some of the deaths in Gaza were due to misguided terrorist rocket firing, including at the Jebalia refugee camp, where seven Palestinians were killed on Saturday. The military said the deaths of five Palestinians in Jebalia were still under investigation, apparently referring to the five children killed in an explosion at a cemetery on Sunday.

The ceasefire agreement contained a promise that Egypt would work for the release of two senior Islamic Jihad prisoners held by Israel. The weekend’s fighting also complicates Islamic Jihad’s relationship with Hamas.

In the occupied West Bank on Monday, Israeli troops demolished the homes of two Palestinians suspected of carrying out a deadly attack against Israelis in the city of Elad in May. The army said that the soldiers faced violent protests during the operation.

Tor Venesland, the top UN Middle East envoy, told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that “the ceasefire is fragile” and that any resumption of hostilities will have “disastrous consequences” for Palestinians and Israelis and make any political progress elusive. Will give

He denounced the Palestinian rocket fire, acknowledging Israel’s security concerns. He said any use of force “should be proportionate” with “all possible steps” to avoid civilian casualties.

The Israeli military said militants in Gaza fired about 1,100 rockets towards Israel, of which about 200 landed inside the Palestinian enclave. The military said its air defense intercepted the 380, with two firing toward Jerusalem. The military did not specify what happened to the remainder, but they fell in open areas or broke up in flight.

Islamic Jihad has fewer fighters and supporters than Hamas, and little is known about its arsenal. Both groups call for the destruction of Israel, but have different priorities, constrained by the demands of the Hamas regime.

Over the past year, Israel and Hamas have struck a tacit agreement on trade permits for work permits and a slight easing of the border blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt when Hamas occupied the region 15 years ago. Israel has issued 12,000 work permits to Gaza workers and has blocked the possibility of another 2,000.

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