Israeli fighter jets strike two sites in Gaza Strip
by Daily Sabah with AA
IstanbulMar 17, 2017 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah with AA
Mar 17, 2017 12:00 am
Israeli jets struck two sites in the blockaded Gaza Strip late Wednesday night, the Israeli military said in a statement. "The two sites in the southern Gaza Strip belong to Hamas," the statement read. "The raid came in response to a shell fired from the Gaza Strip that landed in an area of southern Israel Saturday evening," it claimed.
"The Israeli Defense Forces hold Hamas fully responsible for [rockets fired from] the Gaza Strip," the army said.
On Wednesday evening, the army claimed that a rocket fired from Gaza had landed in southern Israel without causing any damage or injuries. No Palestinian factions have claimed responsibility for the rocket allegedly fired at Israel.
In early February, the Daesh group claimed responsibility for firing rockets into southern Israel from the Sinai Peninsula near the border with Gaza, the first since 2015. The emergence of radical groups in Sinai has compelled Egypt to cooperate with Hamas, which is now preparing to declare a new curriculum to detach itself from the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas is attempting to find a new way to survive in the region by detaching itself from the Muslim Brotherhood and improving ties with Egypt in return for the country's attention to Gazan needs. The emergence of terror organizations has put Hamas in a critical position in the security of the area. After years, it seems Egypt is finally choosing to involve Hamas in regional politics rather than alienate the group.
Recently elected U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestions that the Muslim Brotherhood might be outlawed and that Washington wants to improve ties with Egypt has forced Hamas to accelerate such a move. Therefore, last month Hamas official Osama Hamdan told Al-Jazeera that they would soon release a document clearly outlining Hamas' positions on various issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including detaching itself from the Muslim Brotherhood. He said Hamas told Cairo that its new platform will stress the movement's character as a Palestinian nationalist movement, unaffiliated with any international movements, least of all the Muslim Brotherhood.