The UN special rapporteur on the Palestinian territory has condemned Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip, calling it a “flagrant act of aggression”.
“As international law only permits the use of force in self-defence, Operation Breaking Dawn is a flagrant act of aggression. Illegal. Immoral. Irresponsible,” Francesca Albanese tweeted on Saturday.
Since Friday afternoon, Israeli occupation has been launching a series of air strikes and artillery fire in Gaza in aggression that left dozens dead. Earlier reports suggested 51 were killed. At least 253 civilians have been injured as well, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
Israel’ announced on Saturday it has started a new military operation against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza; the operation was dubbed “Breaking Dawn”.
The Israeli attacks targeted different areas: Khan Yunis and Rafah in the south of the strip, al-Shuja’iya neighborhood and Jabalia camp in the north, and a residential building in central Gaza.
The aggression comes after days of tension with the Islamic Jihad movement after a senior leader of the group, Bassam al-Saadi, was brutally arrested and attacked last Monday by Israeli forces during a military raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. Saadi’s son-in-law, Ashraf al-Jada, was also arrested in the raid; Saadi’s wife sustained injuries during the arrest and was taken to hospital for treatment.
During the same raid, Israeli forces also shot and killed 17-year-old Palestinian Dirar al-Kafrayni.
The strikes also came after days of border closures, including the closure of the Karam Abu Salem commercial crossing, which is responsible for the flow of fuel needed for Gaza’s sole power plant.
Earlier this week, Israeli occupation closed roads around Gaza and sent reinforcements to the border as it braced for a response after the arrest of al-Saadi.