The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), broadcast pictures showing that its air defenses confronted Israeli aircraft while carrying out raids on the Gaza Strip, and while Israel put its forces on alert, the Security Council is discussing developments in the region in light of the Israeli escalation in the Palestinian territories. occupied.
Al-Qassam Brigades posted on its website a video of its air defenses responding to Israeli warplanes with surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft missiles.
Israeli fighters targeted, with a number of missiles, two sites of the Palestinian resistance in al-Maghazi camp, in the central Gaza Strip, and the vicinity of an observatory for the Palestinian resistance, east of Beit Hanoun.
Al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas, broadcasts scenes of its response to the Israeli air force that bombed Gaza at dawn Friday with "surface-to-air" missiles and ground anti-aircraft missiles # Al-Jazeera # Video pic.twitter.com/KIWV1ERp1S
- Al-Jazeera Palestine (@AJA_Palestine) January 27, 2023
The Israeli raids came shortly after two rockets were fired from Gaza in response to the operation carried out by the Israeli occupation army in the Jenin camp in the northern West Bank, in which 9 Palestinians were killed.
During the Israeli bombardment, 6 more rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israeli Bedat in the vicinity of the Strip, according to Agence France-Presse.
During a march in Gaza on the day of Friday prayers, the leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Khaled Al-Batsh, said that the Al-Quds Brigades - the military arm of the Jihad - fired two missiles on Thursday evening towards Israel in response to what happened in the Jenin camp.
On the other hand, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said that he had instructed the army to remain alert to the possibility of continued fighting in Gaza, as he put it.
The Palestinian factions had threatened the Israeli army after the Jenin operation, and Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of the movement's political bureau, said that the occupation would pay the price for the massacre it carried out in Jenin and its camp, and that the response of the resistance would not be delayed.
In response to the storming of the Jenin camp, after Friday prayers, mass rallies took place in Gaza at the invitation of the resistance factions, and the Palestinian leadership announced yesterday, Thursday, the cessation of security coordination with Israel.
Clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli army after Friday prayers in the village of Beit Dajan, east of Nablus (French)
Reinforcements and confrontations
Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that the Israeli occupation army sent today, Friday, a battalion from the Paratroopers Brigade to the West Bank to strengthen its military presence and security measures there.
The battalion will be deployed in the seam areas between the occupied West Bank and Israel to prevent any Palestinian operations that may come in response to the recent Israeli escalation in Jenin.
The state of alert has also been raised in occupied Jerusalem and its environs, especially the areas that have witnessed confrontations in recent days.
Also in the West Bank, 5 Palestinians were wounded by metal bullets today, Friday, during clashes with the occupation forces in Kafr Qaddum, Qalqilya, Beita in Nablus, and the city of Jericho (east), and the clashes erupted during protests against the Jenin and settlement process.
On the day of Friday prayers, clashes erupted between the occupation forces and Palestinians in the town of Al-Ram, north of occupied Jerusalem, after the occupation forces stormed the town following the funeral of the martyr Yusef Muhaisen, who was martyred yesterday, Thursday, by the occupation forces.
In New York, the UN Security Council will hold closed-door consultations today, Friday, on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian issue.
The session includes a briefing by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Winsland.
The Palestinian delegate to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, announced that Palestine had called for an emergency session of the Security Council regarding the Israeli aggression on Jenin.
In the midst of the Israeli escalation, the CIA director arrived Thursday in Tel Aviv, and will hold talks with the Israeli side before moving to Ramallah to meet the Palestinian political and security leaders.
The American news site "Axios" said that although Burns' visit is scheduled in advance, it is of particular importance in light of the current tension after the military occupation operation in Jenin and its raids on the Gaza Strip.
For its part, the US State Department said that Secretary Anthony Blinken will start a tour next Sunday that includes Israel, the West Bank and Egypt.
The ministry added that Blinken will stress in his meetings with Palestinian and Israeli leaders the urgent need for the two sides to take steps to calm tensions and put an end to the cycle of violence that has claimed the lives of many innocent people, as it put it.
And the US State Department added that Secretary Anthony Blinken will discuss the importance of preserving the current historical status of the Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem.