Hamas authorities predict ceasefire after Israel faces a second attack from Lebanon


Hamas and other terrorist groups launched more rockets from Israel’s Gaza in the face of a second attack from Lebanon on Wednesday, and Hamas officials ceasefire within a few days, despite ongoing fighting. Was predicted.

On the same day, the Biden administration repeatedly signaled Israeli authorities that it was pushing for escalation on the road to a ceasefire in the region.

Deputy Prime Minister Hamas Moses Abu Marzuk told Lebanon’s Armaya Dean TV on Wednesday: I think the ceasefire will be achieved within a day or two. The ceasefire is based on mutual agreement. “

On the same day, Qatar-based Al Jazeera television reported that the United Nations Peace Envoy for the Middle East, Tor Wenesland, had met Hamas chief Ismail Hanier in Qatar.

Deputy Hamas Chief Mussa Abmalzuk
On December 17, 2014, Deputy Prime Minister Hamas Mussa Abmalzuk gestures during an interview with Reuters in the city of Gaza. (Mohammed Salem / Reuters)

Abu Marzuk’s comment on the possibility of a ceasefire came after Israel was attacked by four rockets launched from Lebanon on Wednesday afternoon local time and sirens rang in the northern part of the country. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has announced that the Iron Dome missile defense system was able to intercept one of the rockets and that artillery responded by attacking “many targets” in Lebanon.

Of the other three rockets, one fell into an open space and two fell into the sea. IDF said.. Israeli national emergency service Magen David Adom (MDA) said the two were slightly injured while running towards the bomb shelter. Jerusalem Post..

These attacks were the third rocket launch in the past week from a neighbor in northern Israel. Earlier, six rockets were launched from Lebanon on May 17, but most of them crossed the border and landed in Lebanon’s territory, IDF said, and one of the rockets may have attacked Israel. Added.

According to Israeli forces, three rockets were launched from Syria on May 14, one of which fell into Syria and two of which landed in a vacant lot on the Golan Heights. The attack occurred when Israel broke through the border fence and invaded Israeli territory, firing warning shots at rioters from Lebanon who set fire to the area.

Authorities have set the death toll in Israel to 12 since the fighting began on May 10. In Israel, repeated rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups flooded shelters. According to IDF, Iron Dome was able to thwart about 90% of rocket attacks from Gaza. Meanwhile, Palestinian health officials say 228 people were killed.

Of the approximately 4,000 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, approximately 600 misfired and fell into Gaza. According to IDF.. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spokesperson Ofir Gendelman said some of the unlaunched rockets may have killed Palestinians.

Hamas rocket
The rocket will be launched on May 18, 2021 from the city of Gaza, controlled by Hamas terrorists, toward Israel. (Mahmud Hams / AFP via Getty Images)
Iron Dome Air Defense System
As seen from Ashkelon on May 19, 2021, a streak of light can be seen as the Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel. (Amir Cohen / Reuters)

The Israeli Defense Forces said they were continuing to destroy the terrorist group Hamas, and announced earlier Thursday that the aircraft had attacked Hamas’s aerial defense facility and “many Hamas multi-barrel rocket launchers.” IDF added that fighters destroyed more than 60 miles of tunnels used by Hamas terrorists to hide and transport cannons and weapons in just five days.

“As the days go by, more terrorist organizations are hit, target more senior commanders, defeat more terrorist organizations, and stockpile more weapons,” Netanyahu said in a statement Wednesday. Is attacking. ” “I am especially grateful to our friend Joe Biden for his support for Israel’s right to self-defense. I am an Israeli citizen until the goal of regaining peace and security is achieved. I am determined to continue this operation. “

Since the terrorist group ruled Gaza in 2007, Israel and Hamas have fought multiple conflicts. Israeli airstrikes in retaliation for rockets from Gaza are not uncommon.

The latest Hamas-Israeli conflict took place on May 10 between Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, and a Jewish nationalist march planned to commemorate the annual Jerusalem Day. It was. That day, Hamas launched a long-range rocket into Israel as a Palestinian mob and Israeli police clashed at the Masjid Al-Aqsa Mosque. This mosque was worshiped by Jews as a mountain of temples and by Muslims as a noble sanctuary.

On the same day, a hearing by the Israeli Supreme Court to expel a Palestinian family in Sheikh Jara in East Jerusalem was postponed. I found that I didn’t pay the rent.. Israeli police reportedly clashed with Palestinian protesters and rioters weeks before May 10.

Biden administrator pushes ceasefire multiple times

The Biden administration continued to call for a ceasefire in numerous meetings with Israeli officials on Wednesday.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi that the United States “hopes to see escalation on its way to a ceasefire.” according to For reading by the State Department. The two leaders discussed efforts to end violence in the region, and Blinken said the United States “will continue to engage with Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and local stakeholders.”

Blinken’s comment came after Biden told Netanyahu, “I expected a significant escalation on the road to a ceasefire today.”Marked 4th call Since the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas began. The two leaders also conducted a “detailed discussion of the situation in Gaza, Israel’s progress in the capacity reduction of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and the ongoing diplomatic efforts of local governments and the United States.”

Similarly, on Wednesday morning, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz that he had urged Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz to lift the escalation in the conflict. Austin still emphasizes Israel’s right to protect itself, emphasizing by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. “Sure, the secretary expressed [to Gantz]Again, our deep concern about losing an innocent life. I don’t think violent conflicts will benefit anyone, “Kirby said.

So far, the United States has blocked at least four attempts to issue a joint press statement from the UN Security Council of 15 countries, demanding a ceasefire and condemning Israel’s military response to the attack. This is a stance supported by the Chinese Communist Party.

The United States also said on Wednesday that it would oppose a UN resolution drafted by France calling for a ceasefire and humanitarian aid in Gaza. The resolution requires only nine “yes” votes compared to a press statement requiring all 15 council members to agree, either in the United States or in the other four permanent members of the council. Does not require a veto right.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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