Many areas, especially in East Jerusalem, have witnessed severe clashes between Palestinian demonstrators on one hand and Jewish settlers and the Israeli police forces on the other. They come as an answer against the Israeli judicial decisions to evacuate homes of Palestinian residents in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood to benefit Israeli settlers.
While Palestinians defend the property ownership of a place where they were born and raised, Jewish settlers claim they bought these properties from Jewish associations, which in turn purchased the lands from real estate nearly a century ago.
In this context, the Israeli army announced the bombing of targets belonging to the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas in Gaza as a response to the launching of rocket-propelled grenades and incendiary balloons. The news came in a tweet by Avichay Adraee, the Israeli army spokesman, written in Arabic and translated as follows:
“Last night, IDF tanks bombed several Hamas military points in the Gaza Strip in response to the launching of incendiary and explosive balloons during the last days from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory, in addition to launching the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel”.
In a separate tweet on Monday morning, Adraee said: “Three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip this morning towards Israeli territory, where it seems that the Iron Dome was able to intercept one of these missiles.”
The Israel Broadcasting Corporation stated it fired four rockets (from Gaza):
- Two were directed at Ashkelon
- The Iron Dome system intercepted one
- The last one landed in a desert area