This military escalation came after the death of prisoner Khader Adnan (45 years old) as a result of a hunger strike he began 86 days ago to protest his arrest in early February in Ramla prison.
On Wednesday morning, the front between Israel and the Gaza Strip calmed down after witnessing a 24-hour exchange of shelling that left one dead and five wounded on the Palestinian side and three wounded on the Israeli side, in a round of escalation sparked by the death of a Palestinian leader in an Israeli prison after he went on hunger strike.
The Islamic Jihad movement, to which the late leader Khader Adnan belonged, said, “One round of confrontation has ended, but the march of resistance continues and will not stop.”
efforts to calm down
In turn, an official in the Hamas movement that controls the Gaza Strip told AFP, on condition of anonymity, that “the factions responded to the efforts of Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations for calm.”
He added, “We are monitoring in the field, if the occupation carries out any aggression, there will be a strong response from the resistance.”
An Egyptian security source familiar with the truce talks between the Palestinian and Israeli sides told AFP that “a truce was reached starting this morning.”
According to eyewitnesses, the last salvo of rockets fired from the Strip towards Israeli territory was around 05:30 (03:30 GMT).
In a statement, the head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, said, “As we renew our firm position on the crime of premeditated murder, we stress, as we informed all the mediators who intervened, the necessity of handing over the body of the martyr Khader Adnan to his patient family so that he may receive what befits the martyrs.”
In this context, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Club, Qaddoura Fares, said, “We asked yesterday the Israeli side to hand over the body of Khader Adnan through the Palestinian General Authority for Civil Affairs, and so far we have not received any answer.”
Independent UN experts appointed by the Human Rights Council said in a statement on Wednesday that Khader Adnan’s death “is a tragic testimony to Israel’s brutal and inhumane detention policy and practices.”
From Tuesday morning until Wednesday dawn, Palestinian militants fired about 100 rockets towards Israeli areas.
The Israeli army said in a statement on Wednesday that “during the past 24 hours, 104 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory.”
He added that out of these missiles, “24 missiles were intercepted by the Israeli air defense system, 14 exploded in the air inside the Gaza Strip, 11 fell in the sea bordering the Gaza Strip, and 48 fell in open areas.”
On Tuesday, the joint room, which includes the military wings of the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, announced in a statement its responsibility for firing rocket barrages towards Israel, “in response to the heinous crime” of Adnan’s death in his prison.
Israel responded by launching dozens of air raids, which targeted, in particular, Hamas military sites and headquarters, resulting in one death, five injuries, and severe material damage.
The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip said, in a statement received by Agence France-Presse, that “the citizen Hashel Mubarak Salman Mubarak (58 years) was killed in the northern area of Gaza City,” adding that “five other citizens were injured in the bombing” that targeted a Hamas site.
On the other hand, three Israelis were wounded in the missile attack from the Gaza Strip in the Sderot area near the border with the Gaza Strip.
In the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday morning, schools were reopened to students, and markets were opened.
An AFP correspondent reported that life began to return to normal in the Strip, where dozens of Palestinians took Mubarak to his final resting place.
The mourners carried Mubarak’s body, which was wrapped in the green flag of Hamas.
This military escalation came after the death of Khader Adnan (45 years old) as a result of a hunger strike he started 86 days ago to protest his arrest in early February in Ramla prison.
For his part, the High Representative for Foreign Policy in the European Union, Joseph Borrell, expressed his concern about the outbreak of violence, during his meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen in Brussels, in the first meeting between the two men.
Borrell stressed the European Union’s commitment to Israel’s right to defend itself, but noted that “any response must be proportionate and in accordance with international law.”
And in August 2022, three days of clashes between Israel and Islamic Jihad left 49 Palestinians dead, including 12 Islamic Jihad members, according to the movement and at least 19 children, according to the United Nations.