Sixteen dead in new strikes on Gaza, rocket bursts on Israel

In an attempt to curb this spiral of violence, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East arrived Wednesday in Cairo.

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Rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on 13 November. Khalil Hamra / AP

Twenty-six Palestinians died in two days in Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, sixteen of them on the only day on Wednesday, November 13, the Palestinian enclave's health ministry said in a new report. For the second day in a row, sirens of warning sounded in several cities around the Palestinian enclave in the Jewish state, after new rocket attacks precipitated in the wake of Israeli bombings of the Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli army said it was targeting positions of Islamic Jihad (JI), including a site where fighters of this Islamist group were preparing, according to it, to fire an anti-tank missile on its territory. Since Tuesday, at least 360 rockets have been fired from Gaza to Israel, according to the latest assessment of the Israeli army, which said it intercepted about 90% of these projectiles through its missile system "Iron Dome".

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"A lesson they will remember"

"Stop your attacks, or you will take more blows"Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu warned on Wednesday. "We are determined to fight and defend our country, and if they think that these salvos of rockets will weaken us or make us lose our determination, they are wrong"he added to the Islamic Jihad. "We will give the enemies a lesson they will remember", retorted the gathering of the units of the "Resistance" in Gaza, of which the JI is a stakeholder.

In an attempt to curb this spiral of violence, United Nations envoy for the Middle East Nickolai Mladenov arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to lead with the Egyptians – who enjoy a strong influence in Gaza and official relations with Israel. – mediation for a "Urgent de-escalation".


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