Israel bombs Gaza following deadly raid — RT World News

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Israel bombs Gaza following deadly raid

The violent flare-up came after nine Palestinians were killed in a refugee camp in Jenin

Israel bombs Gaza following deadly raid
Israel bombs Gaza following deadly raid

A blast is seen in Gaza City as Israel launched airstrikes on alleged militant sites, January 27, 2023. ©  AFP / Mahmud Hams

Israel has carried out airstrikes on an alleged “military site” in the Gaza Strip, claiming the mission was a response to rockets fired from the area. Palestinian officials accused Israeli troops of a “massacre” in the occupied West Bank earlier in the day, with militant groups vowing to retaliate.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced the strikes early on Friday morning, saying it targeted an “underground” facility used to produce rockets for Hamas, the political party and armed faction that has ruled Gaza since 2007.

“The attack was carried out in response to the launch of rockets earlier tonight from the Gaza Strip into Israel, which were intercepted by air defense fighters,” the military said, adding that the strikes resulted in “significant damage to the strengthening and arming of Hamas.”

At least five rockets were fired toward Israel overnight, according to the IDF. Three were intercepted, one landed in an open area and another fell short inside Gaza. The launches prompted air raid sirens in settlements bordering the Palestinian enclave, including the city of Ashkelon just north of Gaza.

The rocket salvo followed an Israeli special forces raid on a refugee camp in the West Bank on Thursday, which ended in a shootout with militants and left nine Palestinians dead, among them a 61-year-old woman, according to the Palestinian Authority.

The IDF said the operation targeted an Islamic Jihad terrorist faction active in Jenin and shared footage purporting to show gunmen firing rifles and throwing Molotov cocktails at Israeli troops, claiming the terror cell was a “ticking time bomb.”

IDF & Israeli security forces operated in Jenin to apprehend an Islamic Jihad terrorist squad planning imminent terrorist attacks earlier today.Armed gunmen fired heavily at our soldiers from civilian rooftops as they carried out their critical mission.See for yourself:— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 26, 2023

The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited control in the occupied West Bank, denounced the operation as a “massacre,” saying it would halt all security cooperation with Israel in response. 

“Security coordination with the occupation government no longer exists as of now,” Palestinian Authority Deputy Prime Minister Nabil Abu Rudeineh said, adding that the decision was made in light of “the repeated aggression against our people, and the undermining of signed agreements, in reference to commitments from the Oslo peace process in the 1990s.”

Video clips circulating in local media showed the aftermath of the refugee camp raid, with residents seen picking through rubble and burned out buildings in Jenin. According to the Associated Press, the attack was the single deadliest raid in the West Bank in more than two decades.

#شاهد .. فلسطينيون يتفقدون آثار العدوان على #جنين— قناة راجعين Rajeen TV (@rajeentv) January 26, 2023

Hamas declared that its retaliation would “not be delayed” soon after the Israeli operation, while Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan accused IDF troops of “field executions” and said “the Palestinian resistance will do everything in its power to defend our people.”

The last major breakout of violence in Gaza came in May 2021 following an Israeli raid on the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, a venerated holy site for Muslims. For more than two weeks, IDF warplanes battered the Palestinian territory while militants fired off countless rockets, leaving hundreds dead in Gaza and more than a dozen killed in Israel. Though the IDF vacated Gaza in 2005, the Israeli government maintains a tight blockade on the territory and continues to occupy the West Bank, stoking periodic clashes between the two sides.

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Ukrainian troops eliminate 850 Russian invaders, seven tanks in past day

Ukrainian troops eliminate 850 Russian invaders, seven tanks in past day

Ukrainian troops eliminate 850 Russian invaders, seven tanks in past day

27.01.2023 08:58

From February 24, 2022, to January 27, 2023, the Armed Forces of Ukraine eliminated about 124,710 Russian invaders, including 850 soldiers in the past 24 hours.

This is stated in the report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine published on Facebook.

Moreover, the defenders of Ukraine destroyed 3,182 enemy tanks (+7 over the past day), 6,340 (+6) armored personnel vehicles, 2,180 (+11) artillery systems, 452 MLRS, 221 (+1) air defense systems, 292 aircraft, 283 (+1) helicopters, 1,941 (+33) operational-tactical UAVs, 796 (+47) cruise missiles, 18 ships/boats, 5,001 (+15) vehicles and fuel tanks, 199 (+4) special equipment units.Read also: Armed Forces of Ukraine hit four enemy command posts, ammo depot

The data are updated.


Scholz defends decision to send battle tanks to Ukraine – DW – 01/25/2023

…Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirmed on Wednesday that Germany would be delivering an initial 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks to Ukraine and allowing partner countries to re-export their own German-made heavy battle tanks to the country…

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Reznikov on tanks: Leopard coalition worked, more to come

Reznikov on tanks: Leopard coalition worked, more to come

Reznikov on tanks: Leopard coalition worked, more to come

25.01.2023 17:14

A Leopard tank coalition has worked just 120 hours after the eighth meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group took place in Ramstein, Germany, on January 20.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said this on Twitter, according to Ukrinform.

“120 hours after Ramstein 8, we have approval for Leopards! A Leopard coalition with partners worked! Indeed, Leopards look good in Ukraine!” he wrote.

Reznikov also thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his German counterpart Boris Pistorius, as well as German citizens and everyone who supports Ukraine, for the decision.

“More to come,” the minister added.Read also: Zelensky, Sholtz discuss transfer of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

The decision to provide Ukraine with German-made tanks was approved at a German government meeting on January 25.

Pistorius said at the Bundestag after a defense committee meeting that Leopard 2 tanks from Germany could be delivered to Ukraine in about three months.

Ukrainian forces withdraw from Soledar to save personnel – AFU

Ukrainian forces withdraw from Soledar to save personnel – AFU

Ukrainian forces withdraw from Soledar to save personnel – AFU

25.01.2023 14:22

Ukrainian forces have withdrawn from the Donetsk region’s Soledar in order to save personnel.

The relevant statement was made by Spokesperson for the Eastern Grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhii Cherevatyi, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

According to Cherevatyi, after months of high-intensity battles, the Ukrainian military stepped back to the prepared positions on the outskirts of Soledar.

“In order to save the lives of the personnel, the Defense Forces stepped back from Soledar and gained a foothold within the previously prepared defense frontiers. The defenders of Soledar performed a real feat. Despite the enemy’s advantage by 3-5 times, they were firmly holding their positions. They inflicted huge personnel losses on the enemy, which can be compared with the losses of the aggressor in the two Chechen wars,” Cherevatyi told.

A reminder that, according to military expert Petro Chernyk, Russia’s Wagner Group lost about 40,000 soldiers during the battles for Bakhmut and Soledar, which is about two-thirds of its total numbers.