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'Israeli tanks shell southern Gaza on 24th day of attacks'

Iran Press TV

Sunday, 30 August 2020 7:09 AM

Israeli tanks have reportedly shelled the southern part of the Gaza Strip for a 24th straight day of incessant attacks by the occupying regime against the besieged territory.

The Israeli military alleged in a statement on Sunday that the tank fire had hit positions belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas, AFP reported.

There was no immediate report of casualties or confirmation from Hamas.

The Israeli military claimed that the fire had come in response to balloon-borne incendiary devices flown from the direction of the enclave toward the occupied Palestinian territories.

The regime has been using the same excuse to conduct strikes against Gaza since August 6, saying that the alleged devices had caused fires in the part of the occupied territories that are close to Gaza.

On Tuesday, a Qatari envoy reportedly met with Palestinian and Israeli officials in an attempt to ease tensions.

Gaza has been under Israeli siege since 2007, when Hamas rose to power there.

The Israeli regime recently tightened the siege even further by shutting down a crossing through which much of Gaza's necessities entered the enclave, and completely cut off fuel supplies to the territory. The measures have brought about a closure of Gaza's sole power plant.

Israel has also barred fishing along Gaza's coast, where armed Israeli vessels conduct regular patrols, denying the Palestinian territory another key source of livelihood.

Israel targets medical centers in West Bank

Separately, Palestinian media outlets reported that Israeli forces launched a "deliberate" attack against Palestinian medical centers in the occupied West Bank on Sunday.

The attacks targeted the ward reserved for treating coronavirus-infected patients at the Aaliyah Medical Center in the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) in the southern West Bank.

The media said Israeli forces tear-gassed the patients there, hurting as many as 25 of them. They said a number of medical staff were also harmed during the attack.

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