Hamas says Israel’s “most intense” strikes on Gaza are those that fired rockets: 10 facts

On Friday evening, intense Israeli raids rocked the northern Gaza Strip. (file)

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Israel launched large-scale attacks across northern Gaza, which reports said were the most violent since the war began on October 7. Hamas said that the Internet was cut off in the Gaza Strip. Reports stated that contact with Gaza was cut off.

Here’s your 10-point cheat sheet for this big story

  1. The Israeli army said it had intensified its attacks on Gaza “in a very significant way,” while live footage from Agence France-Presse showed intense bombardment of the northern Strip. “We will continue strikes in and around Gaza City,” army spokesman Daniel Hagari said in a televised speech.

  2. The Hamas government said that Israel “cut off communications and most internet services” throughout the Gaza Strip today. The government media office accused Israel of taking this measure “to commit massacres with bloody retaliatory strikes from the air, land and sea” with intense strikes on northern Gaza.

  3. Sirens sounded in several Israeli cities while air strikes continued in the northern Gaza Strip. Central Tel Aviv was subjected to missile attacks today.

  4. Hamas announced today that it fired a “barrage” of rockets at Israel after intense Israeli bombing of the Palestinian territories. The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, said on its channel on the Telegram application, “A barrage of rockets towards the occupied territories (Israel) in response to the massacre of civilians.”

  5. The Secretary-General of the United Nations warned today that Gaza is facing an “unprecedented torrent of human suffering” due to shortages of food, water and electricity. “I reiterate my call for a humanitarian ceasefire, the unconditional release of all hostages and the delivery of life-saving supplies,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement.

  6. The Israeli army accused Hamas of exploiting hospitals in the Gaza Strip for military purposes. Hamas quickly denied the allegations, and the main UN agency operating in Gaza previously said it had mechanisms in place to prevent aid diversion.

  7. Military spokesman Daniel Hagari told reporters that “Hamas is waging the war from hospitals” in Gaza, adding that Hamas is also using fuel stored in hospitals to help carry out its operations.

  8. Mr. Hajri specifically identified Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest in Gaza, as the hospital where the Hamas men were working. He added that “terrorists move freely” in Al-Shifa Hospital and other hospitals.

  9. “Hamas and ISIS are sick. They are turning hospitals into headquarters for their terrorism. We have just released intelligence proving this,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, and showed a video claiming that Hamas is using Gaza’s largest facilities. Hospital for military purposes.

  10. Izzat Al-Rishq, a senior member of Hamas’s political bureau, quickly responded to the Israeli army’s allegations, describing them as baseless. Al-Rishq said: “There is no basis in truth to what the enemy army spokesman said,” accusing Israel of fabricating these accusations “to pave the way for committing a new massacre against our people.”

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With inputs from AFP

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