Israel is attacking the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the weekend massacres committed by Palestinian radicals on its territory. The Islamic University there also became a target of shelling. Footage from the raid was published by the Israeli army (IDF) on social networks.
“Hamas has turned an institute of knowledge into an institute of destruction. The IDF struck an important operational, political and military center of Hamas in Gaza – the Islamic University. Hamas has turned the university into a weapons training camp,” X said on the social network.
Airstrikes by dozens of Israeli fighter jets targeted the neighborhood around the Al-Furkán mosque. Israel calls it a nest of terror because the radical Palestinian movement Hamas uses it to attack Israel. In the last 24 hours, according to its statement, the Israeli army hit 450 targets here, ČTK summarizes.
The Israel Defense Forces have carried out strikes against 2,687 targets in the Gaza Strip since Saturday, according to the latest military figures. Of these, 1,329 were multi-story buildings where the Hamas movement was supposed to have a base, reports The Times of Israel website, citing an army statement.
During the night attacks, the house of the relatives of the leader of the armed wing of Hamas, Muhammad Dif, who is considered by Israel to be the mastermind of the unprecedented weekend attack, was also hit. According to Palestinian sources referred to by the website, Díf’s brother also lost his life.
The number of casualties on both sides
The health ministry in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip said at least 950 Palestinians had been killed and 5,000 wounded in airstrikes since Saturday. It is not clear how many of them are gunmen.
The Israeli military has reported 1,500 terrorists killed inside Israel since Saturday morning when they attacked from the Gaza Strip. The number of victims on the Israeli side reached 1,200, with 2,700 wounded.
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