At the break of dawn on Saturday, the Gaza-based resistance initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, commencing with a barrage of rockets and infiltrating towns surrounding the besieged enclave.
It said the surprise attack was in response to the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied East Jerusalem and increased Israeli settler violence.
In retaliation, the Israeli occupation forces conducted relentless air strikes on Saturday and Sunday, killing more than 500 Palestinians and causing widespread destruction of high-rise structures in the Gaza Strip.
In what is the biggest attack on the occupation state of Israel since the 1973 October War, reactions to the events have been varied.
In the Arab world, reactions were divided between nations calling for restraint from both sides and those placing sole responsibility on Israel, citing its treatment of Palestinians and the indiscriminate nature of retaliatory attacks on residential buildings in Gaza.
Qatar squarely held Israel accountable for the ongoing military escalation between the Palestinian resistance and the occupation state. The Qatari Foreign Ministry attributed the escalation to Israel’s continuous violations of Palestinian rights, including repeated incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, protected by Israeli forces.
Source : MEMO