UPDATE: Israel Carries Out Airstrikes Against Gaza, Palestinian Government Condemns

GAZA, September 19, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes early Saturday carried out several airstrikes targeting different locations in the Gaza Strip, injuring at least a Palestinian and causing destruction to Palestinian properties.

WAFA correspondent reported that F16 Israeli warplanes fired at least one missile targeting the transmission tower of the civil administration’s building, east of Jabalia Refugee Camp to the north of the strip, injuring a Palestinian. He was transferred to hospital for medical treatment.

The airstrike, which spread fear and panic among Palestinians, particularly children, caused excessive damage to properties.

Another warplane targeted with at least two missiles a location to southeast of Gaza city, causing damages to properties. No injuries were reported.

Israeli warplanes further targeted a water tank in the town of Beit Hanoun to the north of the strip, seriously damaging it.

Meanwhile, an Israeli reconnaissance plane fired a missile targeting an agricultural land to the north of the strip, however, no casualties were reported.

Israeli forces claimed that the attack came in response to two missiles that were fired from Gaza toward Israeli settlements located near Gaza borderline.

According to Reuters, “Gaza militants had fired at least two rockets into Israel. One struck a town, damaging a bus but causing no injuries. A second was shot down by a missile defense system.”

The Israeli airstrikes came as tension remained high in the city of Jerusalem and the West Bank. Israeli police has been carrying out attacks against Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa mosque compound in order to enforce a unilateral temporal division between Muslims and Jews on the mosque. Many injuries among worshipers and damages to historic religious properties within the mosque’s compound were reported.

In July 2014, Israel carried out a 51 bloody aggression against the strip. Over 2,160 Palestinians were killed – and some 11,000 injured – during Israel’s seven-week military onslaught this summer, which caused the Gaza Strip an estimated $5 billion in economic losses, according to Palestinian government figures.

Gaza still suffers from the repercussions of the Israeli aggression which took place in the summer of 2014; the infrastructure along with thousands of homes were completely destroyed, displacing thousands of families who up until the moment live in caravans on the rubble of their homes.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian consensus government condemned the Israeli authorities’ escalation policy committed against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank, stressing that such measures come as part of the Israeli government’s efforts aimed at undermining international political efforts and the two-state solution, as well as to kill off any chance for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

It called upon the international community and relevant United Nations organizations to intervene and compel Israel to stop its violations in the occupied Palestinian Territory, the latest of which was the series of airstrikes carried out against the Gaza Strip on Friday, as well as the Israeli settlers’ continued provocative raids into al-Aqsa mosque compound.

The government stressed that the only viable way to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territory is through establishing an independent Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital.