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is working to restore calm in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel after
violence escalated following an IDF hit on a prominent Gazan terrorist,
Ma'an News Agency reported Thursday.Barhoum
called on Egypt and the United Nations to intervene immediately in
order to put pressure on Israel to "stop attacks," according to pan-Arab
news website Vision News.
Egyptian ambassador to the
Palestinian Territories Yasser Othman told Ma'an that "Egypt is trying
to stop Israeli violations and attacks and reinstate a ceasefire, which
Israel annulled today when it assassinated Essam and Sobhi Batash."
IAF strikes tunnel used to infiltrate into Israel
Othman said Egypt was "completely opposed to Israeli violations and operations in the Gaza Strip," according to Ma'an.
also said that Cairo was in contact with all the relevant parties in
order to prevent a deterioration in the situation in Gaza, and to
protect the Palestinian people's rights.
Seven rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. No casualties or damage were caused in the attacks in which projectiles landed mostly in open fields, and one in the city of Netivot.
Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility for one of the rockets after Sobhi Batash - a senior commander in their group - was killed by the IDF also on Thursday.
A Hamas spokesperson said Thursday Israel was to blame for an escalation of violence
between the Gaza Strip and the Jewish state, calling on Egypt and the
United Nations to pressure Jerusalem to discontinue attacks in Gaza.
Thursday, the IDF thwarted an attack from the Sinai Peninsula after the
Air Force bombed targets in the northern Gaza Strip, killing a number
of senior terrorists involved in plotting attacks against Israel.
Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum called the attack a crime.
hold the government of the Zionist occupation (Israel) fully
responsible for this crime and for the new escalation," Barhoum said.
He also blamed the United States for
financial and militarily supporting what he called "the growing crimes
of the 'occupation' against the Palestinian people."
Palestinians reported that two people were killed in the attack and at least two others injured.
IDF said the cell that was targeted was planning to launch an attack
against Israel from Egypt. One of the operatives. Sobhi Ismail Batash, a
resident of Gaza City, was described as a senior operative in the al
Aksa Martys Brigades and was involved in planning the attack. The IDF
said that the terrorists were supposed to cross from Gaza in to Sinai,
and then into Israel.
Over the past week the IDF has been on high
alert along the border with Egypt amid concern that terrorists were
plotting an attack similar to the one in August when Palestinian and
Egyptian terrorists crossed into Israel and killed eight Israelis.
the IDF said, was involved in a 2007 attack when a suicide bomber
crossed from Sinai into Eilat, blowing himself up and killing three
Israelis. He was also involved in other attacks over the years that were
The killing of Batash marks the first time Israel targeted a specific individual it views as a terrorist leader since the IAF took out a Popular Resistance Committee (PRC) senior commander while he was riding his motorcycle in the Gaza Strip.
Samed Abdul Mu'ty Abed was killed during a spasm of violence
that broke out between terrorists in Gaza and Israel after armed gunmen
carried out a cross-border terrorist attack north of Eilat that claimed
the lives of eight Israelis.
The PRC denied responsibility for that terror attack.