Aug 13, 2020 16:41 UTC
  • Zionist regime’s decision to halt fuel shipments to Gaza grave act of aggression: Hamas

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance movement, Hamas, has strongly condemned the Israeli regime’s decision to stop fuel shipments into the Gaza Strip, describing the measure as a “grave act of aggression” that would toughen economic hardship in the besieged enclave.

According to reports, Hamas Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement on Thursday that “Israel’s continued escalation on the Gaza Strip and stoppage of fuel shipments [into the territory] constitute a dangerously aggressive and unpredictable act, and the Occupation bears responsibility for all possible consequences.”

Barhoum noted that such aggressive policies are aimed at exacerbating the crises facing Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, paralyzing their daily lives, and disrupting efforts meant to confront the spread of coronavirus amid regional and international silence.

Earlier in the day, Israeli officials said they would stop fuel shipments into the Gaza Strip in response to Palestinians' launching of incendiary balloons into the occupied territories from the enclave.

The Israeli army attacked targets in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“During the attack, military facilities of Hamas’s naval force, underground infrastructure and observation posts belonging to the group were attacked,” the Israeli army said in a statement.

Gaza-based Palestinian media outlets said the strikes hit targets across the Gaza Strip, from the border city of Rafah in the southern part of the enclave to Beit Hanoun city on the northeast edge of the impoverished territory.

Hamas observation posts were attacked close to Gaza City and Deir al-Balah in the central part of the Strip, media reports said.