Israel strikes Gaza for second day

Agence France-Presse . Gaza City | Published: 00:33, Jan 18,2020


Israeli forces struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip for a second consecutive day Thursday, the army said, saying it was in response to incendiary balloons launched from the strip.

‘A short while ago, an (Israeli) attack helicopter struck an infrastructure used for underground activities of the Hamas terror organisation in the northern Gaza Strip,’ an army statement said.

It said the strike was in response to balloons with attached explosive devices floated across the border during the day.

Such balloons are used to try and start fires in the Israeli farmlands and neighbourhoods near the border.

A security source in the Palestinian enclave confirmed the strike had hit a base belonging to the military wing of Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas, with no injuries reported.

On Wednesday evening, Israeli forces struck Hamas targets in Gaza in retaliation for four rockets fired from the strip.

Israel has fought three wars with Hamas and allied militant groups since 2008.

The majority of young Israelis and Palestinians believe the conflict between their peoples ‘will never end’, according to a survey published Thursday by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Sixty five percent of Israeli millennials surveyed and 52 percent of their Palestinian counterparts said they expected the conflict to continue in perpetuity, the ICRC said in a statement.

It said they were the most pessimistic of a series of war-affected populations surveyed in a global poll of more than 16,000 people aged between 20 and 35.

The global poll found more than half feared there would be a nuclear attack in the next decade.

‘In general, the results indicate that millennials are nervous about the future, and heightened tensions in the Middle East are likely to deepen these fears,’ the ICRC said in a statement.

The simmering conflict has been ongoing for decades and there are currently no peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in a 1967 war and later annexed the flashpoint holy city in a move never recognised by the international community.

Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas and allied militant groups have fought three wars with Israel since 2008.

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