Israel launches ‘dozens’ of Gaza strikes, draws Turkish ire

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More

Aug 23, – “We conducted strikes against several dozen targets in the Gaza Strip” on Sunday, an army spokeswoman.

Israel launches 'dozens' of Gaza strikesIsrael said Monday it staged dozens of strikes on Gaza in response to rocket fire from the strip, causing limited casualties but sparking a war of words with Turkey.

Palestinian medical officials said four people were wounded by Israeli aircraft and tank fire after a rocket fired from Gaza hit the southern Israeli town of Sderot, without causing any casualties.

Security sources in the coastal strip said several targets in northern Gaza were hit by Israeli fire, and that a reservoir in the town of Beit Hanun was destroyed.

Bases of Hamas’s military wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, as well as of two smaller militant groups were hit, the sources said.

Turkey, whose parliament on Friday night ratified normalisation of ties with Israel after a six-year rift, slammed the Israeli strikes.

“We strongly condemn these disproportionate attacks,” its foreign ministry said in a statement.

“These attacks, which caused injury to innocent Palestinian civilians, are unacceptable whatever prompted them.”

Turkey’s ruling Islamic-rooted AKP party has friendly ties with Gaza’s Hamas rulers, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause.

“The normalisation of our country’s relations with Israel does not mean we will stay silent in the face of such attacks against the Palestinian people,” the Turkish statement added.

Israel was quick to respond in kind.

“The normalisation of our relations with Turkey does not mean that we will remain silent in the face of its baseless condemnations,” said its foreign ministry.

“Israel will continue to defend its civilians from all rocket fire on our territory, in accordance with international law and our conscience.

“Turkey should think twice before criticising the military actions of others,” the Israeli statement added, without elaborating.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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