A spokesman for the Islamist Palestinian movement, Hamas, said that Israeli bombings against Hamas targets in Gaza “seek to distract [the public] from the recent violence that has occurred in the West Bank.”
The Israeli occupation forces bombed two alleged Hamas underground facilities yesterday morning after a rocket was launched last night from Gaza against southern Israel that was intercepted by the Israeli air defense.
“The Israeli attack is a message of escalation and aggression that seeks to distract from acts of heroism in the West Bank, which have confused the enemy’s calculations and deepened their internal crisis,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said in a statement.
Meanwhile, at least 110 Palestinians were injured in clashes with the Israeli military that occurred in Gaza and the West Bank on Friday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported.
“Seventy-seven Palestinians were injured by combat and rubber bullets… due to the repression by the Israeli occupiers of the March of Return near the Gaza border,” the entity said in a statement.
The text adds that dozens of Palestinians were also affected by the use of tear gas.
In addition, “33 Palestinians were affected by bullets and gas from Israeli forces in clashes in the cities of Al Azariya and Abu Dis,” east of Jerusalem, according to another statement from Palestinian health authorities.
The protests of the Great March of Return have been going on for more than a year bringing together thousands of Palestinians.
These demonstrations, which intensify especially on Fridays, often lead to clashes with Israelis.
Since the celebration of the first ‘March’, which took place on March 30, 2018, clashes with Israeli troops have resulted in 308 dead Palestinians.
The Gaza Strip has two doors: Rafah, in the south, on the border with Egypt, which has remained practically closed since 2013 and is currently open with restrictions for students, patients and people with valid foreign visas. And Erez, in the north, towards Israel, through which some businessmen, humanitarian workers and sick people leave if the Israeli authorities give them permission, which are granted to droppers.