Palestinian factions agree to escalate in refusal of Israeli siege

Jerusalem24 – The Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip held closed meetings yesterday evening, to come up with a unified position on the response to the continuation and intensification of the Israeli siege on the Strip. This comes hours after the Israeli military announced the interception of a single rocket fired from the Gaza Strip towards the town of Sderot, adjacent to the northern Gaza Strip.

While no public announcement has been made, an informed source told the Palestinian daily newspaper, al-Ayyam, that there is an agreement to go to the option of popular resistance with all its tools, gradually and escalating, unless the Israeli military responds to the factions’ demands to end the siege and return to what the situation was before the recent Israeli aggression.

The source also confirmed that the factions agreed to respond to any military escalation against the Gaza Strip in the same way, especially if the bombing exceeded the borders of empty areas or agricultural lands.

Israeli sources said, quoting a spokesman for the occupation army, that sirens sounded in the “Sderot” community and in the vicinity of the Gaza envelope, after a rocket-propelled grenade was launched from the Gaza Strip towards the envelope, and it was intercepted by the “Iron Dome” defense system. Others fell within the territory of the sector.

The areas East and North of the Gaza Strip witnessed tensions after a shell was fired from the northern Gaza Strip, where armored vehicles were seen spreading along the borders, in conjunction with intense flight of warplanes and reconnaissance in the air, and the Palestinian factions evacuated training sites and observation points.

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