Israel Conducts Air Raids on Gaza Strip Following Rocket Attack

Dr. E.C. Beuck
Sparks from an explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza CityAP Photo/Mohammed Ali

Rocket launches originating from the Gaza Strip were aimed at Israeli targets on Saturday, to which the Israeli military responded with deployment of fighter jets. The initial attack from the Gaza Strip saw four rockets launched in the direction of Israeli targets, of which one rocket was intercepted with the other three landing in open spaces according to the Israeli military. Following the attack, the Israeli military deployment claimed to have hit two facilities that belonged to Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, one of which was claimed to be an underground rocket-manufacturing plant. According to an Israeli Defense Forces Spokeperson, the site was one of the most important and largest sites for the production of raw rocket materials for the organization. While no one has been reported to have been injured in the strike, the fires that can be seen in the location and the surrounding land area indicates a lot of material damage. Despite the exchange of fire and damages inflicted on territory in the Gaza Strip, the situation is not expected to escalate.

The initial attack occurred only hours after President Biden had been in the country for a diplomatic trip. Following the signing of a declaration with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid stating that Iran would never secure nuclear weapons, the President also addressed the long-standing conflict between Palestine and Israel. In his remarks, the President reiterated his commitment to the "two-state solution" that would see the peaceful coexistence of an independent Palestine state and Israel. That being said, both President Biden and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas acknowledged that it is not yet right for peace talks to resume. Given this most recent exchange of violence, and likely more significant concerns by the United States with regards to Russia's recent warning towards Lithuania and their domestic efforts to increase production for the war effort in Ukraine, the political will might not exist in the West either for a significant effort at peace talks.

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Holding a PhD in Political Science, I write about current events and on political topics related to international relations, international law, conflict both between and within states, and the interactions between technology and politics.

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