Israeli army closed the nearby areas of Gaza to Palestinians

ISLAMABAD, Aug 03 (Alliance News): The Israeli army has closed the areas near the Gaza border to ordinary Palestinian citizens.

According to foreign media, the military and Palestinian sources said that the area has been closed due to the threat of reprisals following the arrest of two senior members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization.

A 17-year-old Palestinian youth was shot dead by Israeli forces during a raid in the West Bank district of Jenin.

Islamic Jihad identified the deceased youth as Dirar Al-Kafarini and said that he is our activist and brave martyr.

The Israeli military said it conducted a joint operation with the police and arrested two suspected wanted terrorists.

Palestinian security sources related to the arrests said that one of the detainees is Bassem al-Saadi, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad’s political department in the West Bank.

Sources identified the second person detained as the son-in-law of Basim al-Saadi, who collects funds for the group in Janin.

The Israeli military said it had prevented civilians from traveling to areas near Gaza because of direct threats.

In a statement released by the army, it is said that “after the identification of terrorist activities by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, it was decided to close the areas and routes adjacent to the security fence of the Gaza Strip”.

Israel has also closed its only border crossing to people entering and leaving Gaza while the government says Prime Minister Yair Lapid is conducting a security review.

As news of the deadly raid spread, people began to gather in the refugee camp in Jenin and the nearby city of Nablus as supporters of the Islamic Jihad organization showed solidarity.

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Palestinian sources said that Salim al-Saadi was also injured due to being bitten by an Israeli army dog ​​during his arrest.

About 2.3 million Palestinians live in Gaza, which has been blockaded by Israel since 2007 after the Islamist group Hamas ousted forces supporting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Lack of electricity
The intense heat wave for Palestinians in Gaza has been made worse by power outages, where citizens face 10 hours of daily load shedding.

According to local authorities, Gaza typically needs about 500 megawatts of electricity in the summer.

The regions are supplied with 120 megawatts of electricity from Israel, while a local power plant supplies another 60 megawatts.

Mohammed Thabit of Gaza’s Power Distribution Company said in April that during mild weather they could provide electricity for up to 20 hours a day, but high temperatures and rising fuel prices have affected supplies.

The money for the fuel to run the power plant comes from Qatar, which provides $10 million to buy it from Israel, but due to rising fuel prices, the local company faces a shortfall of about $3 million.


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