Netanyahu Calls the Emergency Security Cabinet for The Crisis in Gaza

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for urgent intervention by the international community to halt the escalation, official news agency Wafa said.
Ariel Hermony/Ministry of Defense

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting of the Security Cabinet to discuss the crisis in Gaza, after the launching of more than 180 rockets by Palestinian terrorist organizations.

It is expected that the small group of ministers will meet this afternoon at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense, known as the "Kiriá", in Tel Aviv, to receive an evaluation of the situation of the chief of staff, Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot, the chief of the general security service, Shabak, Nadav Argaman, and the National Security Council, Meir Ben-Shabat.

In this, it could be evaluated if the situation results in a confrontation of large dimensions or if it tends to restore calm.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) bombarded some 140 military targets of the Hamas Islamic terrorist group in Gaza in response to the rocket attack, one of the largest in recent years, which keeps Israeli communities in the Gaza Strip in suspense , where a score of wounded have been registered.

Three Palestinians have been killed in the night bombings: an operative of the armed wing of Hamas and a pregnant woman with her one and a half year old son, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, controlled by the Islamist group, which raises eight wounded.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for urgent intervention by the international community to halt the escalation, official news agency Wafa said.

Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif Qanu, meanwhile, said on Twitter that Israel will "pay the price" for the situation in Gaza and argued that the Palestinians are acting "in self-defense" and are being forced to "respond to the aggression" Israeli.

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, canceled a visit to Gaza and planned meetings with Hamas leaders in response to rocket and mortar attacks on Israel, the station reported. State Kan.

Mladenov was extremely worried about the escalation of tension, warned of dire consequences if it does not slow down and urged the parties to put an end to it.

A senior military official cited by Kan without identifying, said the situation is close to leading to a large-scale conflagration in the area and said that troops are being mobilized in the region and a possible evacuation of civilians is being prepared. install more batteries of the missile defense Iron Dome.

The situation around Gaza worsened yesterday afternoon, when anti-aircraft alarms began to sound in localities near the enclave controlled by Palestinian Islamic terrorism by the firing of rockets and mortars, which did not cease during the night and part of the morning.

The Front Front or Rear Command (Pikud Haoref) ordered the inhabitants of the areas close to Gaza to suspend all outdoor activities, forbade farmers from working in their fields, limited work attendance only to those who are very close an anti-aircraft shelter and banned to hold events with the participation of more than 300 people and limited the least number to closed venues.



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