Israel’s military launched airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip late Friday, targeting what it said were underground tunnels and rocket launchers. The airstrikes came as Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel over the weekend. The violence followed Israel’s decision to close Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate to Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan. On Sunday night, thousands of Palestinians celebrated as Israeli authorities removed barriers and reopened the gate, capping days of clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters. On Thursday, hundreds of ultra-nationalist Israelis marched through central Jerusalem chanting “Death to Arabs.” This is Palestinian resident Osama Barham.
Osama Barham: “The violations during Ramadan and terrorizing the worshipers and threatening to burn any Arab through WhatsApp chat groups that belong to far-right Israelis, the residents of Jerusalem had to react in aim to defend themselves and not in aim to attack.”