Gazans fear more Israeli offensive – video


PressTV –  Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:26AM GMT
Residents in the besieged Gaza Strip fear that Israel might escalate attacks on the impoverished enclave when Palestinians request statehood at the United Nations in September.

“I think the Israelis will not stay calm against what is going to happen in September. They are going to take more actions. They might turn it into violent attacks on Gaza. They might commit a new genocide against the Palestinians in September or afterward,” said a Gaza resident.

In the latest attack carried out on Wednesday, Israeli jet aircraft launched strikes on open areas east and south of Gaza, causing damage to nearby houses in the targeted zone, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Israeli army officials claimed that the airstrikes were in response to “rockets fired from Gaza.”

On Sunday, an Israeli navy vessel targeted the members of the Civil Peace Service aboard the Oliva boat which monitors human rights conditions of fishermen in Gaza.

Alix Robinson of the Civil Peace Service told Press TV that Israeli authorities “do not like what we do because we are documenting their crimes at sea.”

Palestinians will attempt to obtain recognition of a sovereign state when the UN General Assembly meets in September. Washington and Tel Aviv remain opposed to the initiative.

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon has claimed that such a decision could lead to “disappointment and maybe violence” in the occupied territories and Tel Aviv might “dissolve agreements with the Palestinians.”

The Tel Aviv regime launched an all-out military offensive on the Gaza Strip at the turn of 2009. The ensuing three-week war killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, most of them civilians, including many women and children.

Israel denies some 1.5 million people in Gaza their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.



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