24 dead, including six children, Palestinians say


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10:36 p.m .: The Quai d’Orsay « deplores the Palestinian civilian victims »

In a statement released on Saturday evening, the Foreign Ministry expressed « its deep concern at the ongoing escalation in Gaza » and « deplores the Palestinian civilian casualties ».

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10:06 p.m .: the death toll rises to 24 dead, including six children, on the Palestinian side

Twenty-four people, including six children, have died in the Gaza Strip since the outbreak of violence between Israel and the Islamic Jihad group, the Ministry of Health in the Palestinian enclave announced on Saturday.

The ministry said those victims had been killed in Israeli strikes since Friday. The Jewish state assured that several children in Jabalia (north) had been killed by a failed rocket attack from Islamic Jihad towards Israel.

7:13 p.m .: International reactions are increasing

The outbreak of violence between the Israeli army and the Islamic Jihad entrenched in the Gaza Strip prompted calls for restraint from the international community on Saturday.

The European Union is following the violence in the Gaza Strip with « deep concern » and calls on all parties to exercise « maximum restraint » in order to avoid a new escalation, said the spokesperson for the head of European diplomacy Joseph Borrell.

Paris « condemns the firing of rockets on Israeli territory and reiterates its unconditional attachment to the security of Israel », reacted the spokesperson for French diplomacy. France also calls on « all parties to exercise restraint to avoid any further escalation, of which the civilian populations would be the first victims », she added.

7:01 p.m .: The Atlético-Juventus match scheduled for Tel Aviv moved to Turin

The friendly football match between Atlético Madrid and Juventus which was scheduled for Sunday in Tel Aviv has been rescheduled in Turin for « security reasons », the Italian club announced on Saturday as clashes oppose Israel to an armed Palestinian group from Gaza.

The meeting was to take place at the Bloomfield stadium in Tel Aviv, but the company Comtec Group, responsible for organizing the meeting, and the two clubs had announced at the start of the day that it would be canceled « due to the current security situation. « .

6:05 p.m .: “The battle is only at its beginning”

“The battle is only in its early stages,” Mohammed Al-Hindi, an official with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization, said in a statement.

The armed wing of the Palestinian group, the Al-Quds Brigades, confirmed in a short statement that it had fired “a major barrage of rockets” towards the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, Ashdod and Sderot.

5:23 p.m.: Rocket alert in the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv

The Israeli army announced on Saturday that rocket warning sirens had sounded in the Tel Aviv metropolis, for the first time since the start of the ongoing armed escalation with the Islamic Jihad group in Gaza.

In a brief statement, the military said the sirens went off in the Gush Dan area near Tel Aviv.

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4:05 p.m.: London supports Israel’s right to ‘defend itself’

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Saturday backed Israel’s right to « defend itself » and called for a « swift end to the violence » after the Israeli army and Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired in a firefight. the Gaza Strip.

“We condemn terrorist groups who open fire on civilians and the violence which has caused casualties on both sides,” said Liz Truss, also campaigning to succeed Boris Johnson as head of the British government.

4:03 p.m .: Iran reminds Palestinians that they are “not alone” in their fight against Israel

General Hossein Salami, head of the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said on Saturday that the Palestinians were “not alone” in their fight against Israel, which strikes for the second consecutive day the Gaza Strip.

“Today, all jihad capabilities against the Zionists are on the ground in united formation to work to liberate Jerusalem and uphold the rights of the Palestinians,” Gen. Salami said according to a statement posted on the Guardians’ website, Sepah. News.

3:50 p.m .: The Israeli army prepares for a week of raids on Gaza

It is an escalation that should not stop there. The Israeli army announced on Saturday that it was preparing for « a week » of raids on the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli military spokesman assured that the army « is not currently conducting negotiations for a ceasefire ». Earlier, however, Egyptian officials had indicated that Cairo, the historical intermediary between Israel and the armed groups in Gaza, was trying to establish a mediation.

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