Gaza City in the Gaza Strip – Palestinian groups in Gaza have pledged to continue their protest along the border to force Israel to lift the blockade and allow Gaza to be rebuilt after Israel’s recent 11-day attack on coastal enclaves.
The factions led by Hamas, the ruler of Gaza, held a press conference on Sunday afternoon in a place east of Gaza near the Israeli fence. Protests took place on Saturday and dozens of Palestinian protesters were arrested. Wounded by Israeli live ammunition.
In a joint statement issued after the press conference, these groups-also including Islamic Jihad, the Left-wing People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and other smaller factions-stated that “the Israeli occupation must endure its obstruction of Gaza. Responsible for reconstruction and blockade”.
“We call on our people to continue their popular uprising in Gaza and expand their contact points with the occupation. Our popular activities will proceed as planned… We will not accept the continued siege.”
Hundreds of Palestinians protested on the fence separating Gaza and Israel on Saturday to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the burning of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem and to draw attention to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2007. Mas took control of the zone.
The Israeli army’s live ammunition wounded at least 41 Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy who was still in critical condition after being shot in the neck.
An Israeli soldier was injured by gunfire from one of the protesters in a critical condition. Videos circulating on social media showed several protesters trying to grab the rifle of an Israeli soldier, which was visible from a hole in the wall, and then one of them took out a gun and fired into the hole.
On Saturday night, in response, Israeli fighter jets attacked Hamas’s military positions in the Gaza Strip. There were no reports of casualties.
Ahmed Yousef, a senior Hamas official, told Al Jazeera that “it’s natural for the Palestinian people under severe blockade to act to put pressure on Israel and the international community to hold them accountable for the situation in Gaza. “.
“Palestinian protesters and Palestinian factions want to raise their voices and remind Israel, especially the international community, of their plight, which has become more and more obvious after the recent war in Gaza and the massive destruction caused by the Israeli army.”
Since the blockade was implemented, each of the four major military operations carried out by Israel and Egypt against the Gaza Strip has paralyzed Gaza’s economy and its living conditions have deteriorated drastically.
Exceed 11 days of battle In May, Israel bombed Gaza with air strikes, while Palestinian groups fired rockets at Israel.
According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, more than 250 Palestinians were killed, including 67 children and 39 women, and another 1,710 were injured. Thirteen Israelis were killed, including a 5-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl.
According to the Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Gaza, the war also completely destroyed more than 1,800 housing units in Gaza, and some 16,800 housing units were partially damaged.
Yusuf said that due to the Israeli blockade, construction materials are still largely banned, so reconstruction work “has not made significant progress.”
“The destruction scenes in Gaza are still everywhere,” he said. “The message the protesters want to convey is that the situation is unsustainable, and continuing will lead to more actions by the Palestinians.”
Protest against the blockade
From 2018 to 2019, thousands of Palestinians attended weekly rallies near the Israeli fence east of Gaza to protest the blockade and fight for their right to return to land that was ethnically cleansed in 1948.
The protests were violently treated by the Israeli army. They killed more than 300 protesters and maimed hundreds of people, but managed to force them to make limited concessions, such as relaxing some economic restrictions and allowing Qatar to press Monthly funds and wages are provided to families in Gaza and Hamas in need.
After the recent military confrontation, Qatar, Egypt and the United Nations negotiated a long-term ceasefire between groups in Gaza and Israel.
On Thursday, under the leadership of Naftali Bennett, Israel, which prevented Qatar from providing monetary aid to Gaza, announced an agreement with Qatar to resume payments to thousands of families in Gaza through the United Nations.
However, Israel continues to block the import of key reconstruction materials on the condition that Hamas releases Israeli prisoners in the Gaza Strip.
However, Hamas insists that the issue of Israeli prisoners is a separate issue and can only be dealt with within the framework of the prisoner exchange agreement.
Palestinian political analyst Husam al-Dajani told Al Jazeera: “Israel has been framing Gaza in a cycle of bombing and blockade for more than 13 years, which prevented the resulting damage and fully recovered.”
He said that Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip and the collective punishment of more than 2 million people living there are crimes under international law.
“Israel’s blockade of Gaza has also destroyed all aspects of Gaza’s economy and life, so that poverty, unemployment and food insecurity are at the highest levels in the world,” Al-Dajani.
“The only thing the Palestinian factions and the Palestinian people are doing now is to say’no’ to this severe situation. This is what they are doing.”
PFLP faction leader Jamil Mizhir said, “In the face of Israel’s continued economic aggression against the Palestinian people, it has become impossible to remain silent.”
Mizhir said: “If Israeli leaders believe that violence against Palestinian protesters will undermine the will of the Palestinian people or prevent them from fighting for freedom and a better life, they will deny it.”
Mizhir said: “We demand that Israel and the international community be held accountable for the continued suffering caused by this unjust blockade to our people.”