GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israeli fighter jets bombed Gaza City Wednesday, a day after Tel Aviv inked a peace take care of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinians of looking for to cease the peace offers, Israel´s first with an Arab nation since 1994.
But Gaza ruler Hamas warned Israel it confronted an escalation if the bombing continued, barely two weeks after a renewed Egyptian-brokered truce halted near-nightly exchanges throughout the border by means of August.
The signing of the 2 agreements at a White House ceremony hosted by President Donald Trump prompted protest rallies throughout the Palestinian territories.
The offers broke with many years of Arab consensus that there can be no normalisation of relations with Israel till it had made peace with the Palestinians and drew accusations of “betrayal” towards the Western-backed Gulf states.
At least 15 rockets have been launched from the Gaza Strip between eight pm (1700 GMT) Tuesday and early Wednesday, 9 of which have been intercepted by Israeli air defences, the army mentioned.
One hit the southern port metropolis of Ashdod, wounding not less than two individuals, emergency providers mentioned.
“We were surprised by the rockets,” mentioned Ilanit Levy, a 45-year-old resident of Sderot, an Israeli city near the Gaza border.
“It´s because of the agreements. Maybe they wanted to say that they don´t want peace with us, that they want to damage the agreements,” she added.
The Israeli army mentioned fighter jets responded with strikes on Hamas army targets.
There was no fast declare of accountability for the rocket hearth.
But Israel held Hamas accountable, warning it will “bear the consequences for terror activity against Israeli civilians”.
Cloud over Gulf offers
The rocket hearth got here because the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed accords establishing diplomatic relations with Israel and Netanyahu accused ‘militants’ of looking for to derail them.
“They want to prevent peace, they won´t. We will hit everyone who tries to harm us, and we will extend a hand of peace to all who reach out to us to make peace,” the prime minister mentioned in a press release.
The landmark agreements prompted demonstrations on Tuesday in each Gaza and the occupied West Bank.
Clutching Palestinian flags and carrying blue face masks for defense towards coronavirus, demonstrators rallied within the West Bank cities of Nablus, Hebron and Ramallah, seat of the Palestinian Authority.
Trump mentioned the agreements “will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region.”
“After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East,” he mentioned.
Speaking later to reporters, he mentioned Israel would enter into comparable offers with as much as 9 different nations, together with regional energy Saudi Arabia.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned that the offers would “not achieve peace in the region” till the US and Israel acknowledged his individuals´s proper to a state.
“Peace, security and stability will not be achieved in the region until the Israeli occupation ends,” he mentioned.
Abbas warned that “attempts to bypass the Palestinian people and its leadership, represented by the Palestine Liberation Organisation, will have dangerous consequences”.
Israel´s arch-foe Iran mentioned the UAE and Bahrain have been reaching out to a regime that’s “committing more crimes in Palestine every day”.
“Some of the region´s countries, their people are pious Muslims but their rulers understand neither religion nor (their) debt … to the nation of Palestine,” President Hassan Rouhani instructed his cupboard on Wednesday.
In Gaza, protesters trampled on and set hearth to placards bearing photos of the leaders of Israel, the UAE and Bahrain.
UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov arrived in Gaza on Wednesday for pre-scheduled conferences with Hamas officers.
Hamas has joined the Palestinian Authority in condemning the UAE and Bahrain accords as a “betrayal” of their trigger.
The new rocket hearth got here after Palestinians launched rockets and balloons fitted with incendiary units throughout the border by means of a lot of August, drawing retaliatory Israeli air strikes.
Late final month, the 2 sides renewed an Egyptian-brokered truce below which Israel has allowed monetary assist from the gas-rich state of Qatar to movement into impoverished Gaza, which has been below Israeli blockade since 2007.