Israeli military says rocket fired from besieged Gaza Strip was intercepted as tensions soar over Israeli raids on a holy website in occupied East Jerusalem.
A rocket fired from the besieged Gaza Strip into southern Israel has been intercepted, Israel’s military has stated, within the first such assault in months amid hovering tensions over a flashpoint holy website in occupied East Jerusalem.
There have been no instant studies of casualties or harm on Monday and no Palestinian group claimed duty for the rocket, which Israel stated was shot down by its Iron Dome interceptor.
Hamas, the Palestinian group that administers the coastal enclave, had warned that any incidents on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound could be a “pink line” after Israeli forces raided the location in East Jerusalem a number of instances in current days, arresting hundreds of Palestinians and leaving dozens injured.
Palestinians accuse Israel of encroaching at Al-Aqsa through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Israel says Palestinian protesters search to disrupt Muslim prayer for political ends and to stop visits by Jews, who’re celebrating Passover.
The location is revered by Muslims and Jews. Israeli police have stated they have been dedicated to making sure that members of all faiths may have fun the vacations safely.
Previous to the rocket assault, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett accused Hamas of waging a “wild harassment marketing campaign” towards Israel.
Egypt and Jordan, which inked peace agreements with Israel many years in the past and coordinate with it on safety issues, have condemned the actions of Israeli forces on the website.
Jordan — which serves as custodian of the location — summoned Israel’s deputy cost d’affaires to Amman on Monday in protest.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II stated on Monday that Israel’s “unilateral” strikes towards Muslim worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque severely undermined the prospects for peace within the area, in response to state media.
The monarch was talking with United Nations Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres when he made remarks blaming Israel for “provocative acts” within the mosque compound that violated “the authorized and historic establishment” of the holy shrines.
On Friday, not less than 152 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli police contained in the mosque compound, the most recent outbreak in an upsurge of violence that has raised fears of a slide again to wider battle.
Crackdowns by Israeli forces on protesters who have been demonstrating towards makes an attempt to forcibly expel Palestinians from their properties within the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah final yr have been a set off for an escalation in violence between Israel and Hamas fighters in Gaza.
Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh on Monday supplied reward for members of the Islamic Waqf, the belief that oversees the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, “who stands tall and those that throw rocks on the pro-Zionists who’re defiling Al-Aqsa Mosque whereas below the safety of the Israeli occupation authorities.”
In response to al-Khasawneh’s remarks, Bennett stated: “That is unacceptable to us. This can be a reward for the inciters, particularly Hamas, which are attempting to ignite violence in Jerusalem.”
Israel has sought to enhance relations with Jordan over the previous yr and has lately normalised relations with different Arab states over their shared issues about Iran.
However a current wave of violence that left 25 Palestinians and 14 Israelis lifeless has introduced renewed consideration to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, which it has sought to sideline lately.