PLO chief urges international protection of gaza

Jerusalem, (Antara/Anadolu-OANA) – The head of the Palestine Liberation Organization urged the international community Tuesday to protect Gaza following Israeli airstrikes on the enclave.

PLO Secretary-General of the Executive Committee Saeb Erekat said via Twitter that all Israeli attacks would be reported the International Criminal Court.

“We call upon the Int. Community to do everything needed in order to prevent a new massacre in Gaza Palestine,” said Erekat.

Israel launched airstrikes against Gaza late Monday after rockets were fired against Jewish settlements. Three Palestinians were martyred in the attacks and nine others injured.

The Israeli army said 200 rockets were fired from Gaza since Monday but the countrys air defense system, Iron Dome, intercepted 60 with most of the rest falling on empty land.

Rockets fired from Gaza injured 21 Israelis, including a reported Israeli soldier who sustained heavy injuries.

The Israeli army on Monday evening dispatched tanks to the Gaza Strip amid mounting tensions in the region.

According to Anadolu Agency correspondents in the area, the tanks were sent from various parts of Israel to Israeli troops located along the Gaza border.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said it had targeted more than 70 positions inside Gaza affiliated with resistance movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad in response to the launching of scores of rockets from Gaza.

Additionally the Israeli military announced that it would send two more Iron Dome air defense systems to the region.

Israeli fighter jets on Monday evening struck positions across the blockaded Gaza Strip in response to rocket launches from Gaza into southern Israel.

Three Palestinians were martyred in the Israeli attacks, while nine were wounded, Gazas Health Ministry said.

Artillery units near the Gaza-Israel buffer zone have reportedly targeted concentrations of Palestinian activists in central Gaza, along with resistance positions in the town of Jabalia and the city of Deir al-Balah.

Israeli helicopter gunships, meanwhile, also reportedly targeted several positions in southern Gaza. In a joint statement, Palestinian resistance factions announced that they had begun firing rockets into southern Israel in response to an Israeli military incursion into the southern Gaza Strip late last night.

Source: ANTARA News