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(photo credit: Reuters/Ismail Zaydah)
officials have contacted Arab states and other countries in order
to help pressure Israel to stop its "aggression" against the Gaza Strip,
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Friday according to Palestinian news
website Al Resalah. 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.
On Thursday, Israel targeted a terror cell
in Gaza City it said was planning attacks on Israel, killing a senior
commander in the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade. A surge of rocket fire from
Gaza towards Israel followed shortly after, to which Israel responded
Friday overnight, killing one civilian an injuring 13 others according
to Palestinian sources. As of Friday evening, terrorists fired 6 additional rockets towards various location in the South, causing no damage or injuries according to police.
IAF strikes tunnel used to infiltrate into Israel
leader, speaking after Friday prayers at the Palestine Mosque in Gaza,
blamed Israel for "indiscriminate bombing, deliberate killings and
direct assassination," according to Al Resalah.
that Israeli attacks in Gaza - which he said was "particularly
targeted" - will not achieve their objectives, and emphasized the
"ability of the resistance to defend the Palestinian people."
On Thursday shortly after the spike in rocket fire from Gaza, the Egypt ambassador to the Palestinian Territories said Egypt was working to restore calm in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel amid the back-and-forth attacks,
Ma'an News Agency reported.
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."
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.
A Hamas spokesperson said Thursday Israel was to blame for an escalation of violence.
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.
Yaakov Katz, Yaakov Lappin and Reuters contributed to this report