Gaza: Israel bombed the city on Wednesday, claiming that on the day after Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a historic peace treaty with the Jewish state, “militants” fired rockets into its territory.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused certain factors of trying to stop the peace agreement. This is the first time that Israel has reached a peace agreement with an Arab country since 1994.
But Hamas, the ruler of Gaza, warned Israel that if the bombing continues, Israel will face the danger of escalation. Only two weeks after the renewed armistice ceasefire in Egypt, the country did not trade across the border almost every night until August.
At a White House ceremony hosted by President Donald Trump, the signing of the two agreements prompted protest rallies throughout the Palestinian territories.
This transaction broke the consensus among Arabs for decades that until a settlement with Israel is reached, relations with Israel will not be normalized, and accusations of “betrayal” against the Gulf states supported by the West have been filed.
The military said that between Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. (1700 GMT), at least 15 rockets were launched in the Gaza Strip, 9 of which were intercepted by Israeli air defense forces.
Emergency services said one person attacked the southern port city of Ashdod, wounding at least two people.
“We were surprised by the rockets,” said Ilanit Levy, a 45-year-old resident of Sderot, an Israeli town close to 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 military stated that fighter jets have attacked Hamas military targets.
No immediate claim was made for the rocket shooting.
But Israel is responsible for Hamas, warning Hamas “will bear the consequences of terrorist activities against Israeli civilians.”