GAZA: At least 6 Palestinians were killed and about 20 others wounded in the ongoing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, which started on Monday evening, medics said Tuesday.
Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza, told reporters that two were killed on Tuesday morning in two separate airstrikes on the northern Gaza Strip and eastern Gaza city, and three others in the airstrikes on Monday night.
The sixth succumbed to his wounds sustained on Monday evening in an Israeli airstrike on eastern Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip, he added.
The death toll in the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza since Sunday has grown to 13, all militants, with 30 injured, al-Qedra said.
Since Monday evening, Israeli warplanes have destroyed eight structures across the Gaza Strip, including the al-Aqsa TV building, Ansar security compound and al-Amal interior security headquarters.
Israeli and Palestinian media reported that more than 350 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, while Israel launched more than 100 airstrikes on Gaza military facilities, homes and structures belonging to Hamas.
Earlier in the day, Abu Oneida, spokesman of Hamas armed wing al-Qassam Brigades, blamed Israeli leadership for “what happened in Ashkelon.”
“It’s a warning that the coming is greater in case the aggression goes on, with strikes that you have never known before,” he warned in a tweet.
RUSSIA ‘CONCERNED’ OVER GAZA STRIP SITUATION:
Moscow is deeply concerned over the situation in the Gaza Strip, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
The escalation over the last 24 hours could provoke the resumption of a large-scale military confrontation and threatens new civilian casualties on both sides and the final collapse of the humanitarian situation there, the ministry said in a statement posted on its official website.
“We call on the Palestinians and Israelis to return immediately to a stable ceasefire, to show restraint and to take measures to prevent the recurrence of confrontation with unpredictable consequences,” it said, adding that Egypt’s mediation efforts are positive.
Russia continues to support the idea that the key issue for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict settlement is a reunification of the Palestinian people, it said.
TURKEY URGES ISRAEL TO END ATTACKS ON GAZANS:
Turkey’s presidential spokesperson Tuesday called on Israel to stop its attacks on Gazans and the international community to take responsibility in response to Israeli aggression against people of Palestine.