Shortly before dawn on Friday 31 January, Israel warplanes carried out a series of air-strikes in locations across Gaza.
In a most cynical exercise in excess, three missiles struck a children’s entertainment centre, “Bissan City.”
Another air-strike targeted a military site of Al-Quds Brigades in Rafah, causing injury.
A residential house in the area of Ferdaws in the city of Rafah was targeted, with injuries reported.
A further attack in the northern Gaza Strip resulted in the arrival of two injured to Balsam Hospital.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, Ashraf Al Qudra, has confirmed that the early-morning strikes caused a total of eight injured, including children.
Air-strikes – 99
Missiles – 198
Palestinian Deaths – 3
Palestinian Injuries – 42+
Home Made Rockets – 34
Grad-style rockets – 42
Israeli Deaths – 0
Israeli Injuries – 0
The cumulative total for Palestinian deaths is 19, with 235 injured.
The cumulative total for Israeli deaths is 3, with ‘several’ wounded.
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An Israeli airstrike just killed two people and injured many more in Sheikh Zayed Square, North Gaza.
Al Arabiya reported that following Al Jaabari’s assassination there were 21 Israeli “soundless” airstrikes.
Israeli Forces killed the Commander of the Al Qassam Brigades, Ahmad Ja’bri, in an unprovoked airstrike in Gaza City half an hour ago.
Early reports say his car was hit, killing Jaabari, and injuring his body guard.
Irate citizens are firing into the air outside Shifa hospital as news of the death spreads, while fire crews attend the scene of the strike.
There have been no rockets fired from Gaza in the last 24 hours.
Following its opening for two hours for internationals only to leave, Erez Crossing closed again, and those still queuing were advised to return to Gaza City.
Meanwhile, Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, said that Israeli air strikes had killed 15 Palestinian militants in the territory in the past week, and that “Israel could be forced to take more robust action.”
No Israelis have been killed during the same period, and only one Israeli soldier has been wounded – and that in response to Israeli military fire.
Despite the clear evidence that Israel is the aggressor, and the Gazan resistance is responding in self-defence, Israel continues its spin to justify what it hopes to be a vote-catching operation.
“If we need a ground operation, there will be a ground operation,” Ehud Barak told Israel Radio, while Netanyahu warned of “extensive and deeper action,” according to Ma’an.
Although the skies have been relatively quiet this afternoon, Gazawis remain on alert in expectation of further disproportionate Israeli response to Gaza’s legitimate exercise of the right to self-determination, resistance, and self-defence.