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Operation Breaking Dawn: IDF Strikes Gaza
On August 5, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) kicked off Operation Breaking Dawn, launching airstrikes on dozens of Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip. The Gaza-based militants retaliated with rocket fire on Israeli cities.
A picture taken on August 5, 2022, shows Palestinian rockets fired from in Gaza City in retaliation to earlier Israeli airstrikes. - A senior militant from Islamic Jihad was killed in an Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip today, prompting the militant group to warn Israel has started a war. - Sputnik International

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Earlier this week, Israel imposed traffic restrictions along the border with the Gaza Strip amid concerns over potential attacks from the enclave.
The Israel Defense Forces have launched Operation Breaking Dawn against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group in Gaza.
Earlier, the IDF reported that it had started air strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to "threats posed by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad."
A special situation has been declared on the country's home front, the IDF added.
A photo has emerged on social media, showing a cloud of smoke rising above a residential building in downtown Gaza.
According to the IDF press service, three people have been killed as a result of the attacks against PIJ facilities in Gaza. Health officials in Gaza have reported that one person was killed and 15 others injured in the IDF airstrike.
The PIJ has confirmed that their commander in Gaza, Tayseer al-Jabari, was killed in an IDF airstrike. The current leader of the PIJ, Ziad Nahale, said that Israel would answer for the killings in Gaza.
The Iron Dome system has been activated across Israel due to risks of missile strikes from Gaza, the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said. Bomb shelters have been opened in all towns in southern Israel.
This comes after Israel earlier this week imposed traffic restrictions along the border with the Gaza Strip amid concerns over possible attacks by the PIJ after the IDF arrested its West Bank leader on Monday. The lockdown started on Tuesday and is expected to continue through the weekend.
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05:09 GMT 06.08.2022
Iran Slams 'Apartheid Israeli Regime' for Launching Strikes on Gaza
"It is the legal right of the Palestinian people and resistance groups to act and defend themselves in the face of the aggression and terrorist moves of the Zionist regime," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said.
05:06 GMT 06.08.2022
Turkish Foreign Ministry Condemns Israeli Strikes on Gaza, Urges Restraint
04:28 GMT 06.08.2022
19 Islamic Jihad Operatives Arrested in West Bank Raids - IDF
00:07 GMT 06.08.2022
Tel Aviv Authorities Open All City Bomb Shelters Amid Hostilities in Gaza Strip
The authorities of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv have decided to open all bomb shelters amid the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip.
"All bomb shelters in the city are opened," the city authorities wrote on Facebook (banned in Russia).
On Friday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched an operation dubbed Breaking Dawn against Palestinian movement Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip and carried out missile strikes, killing 10 people and injuring over 50, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
Following the airstrikes, Ziyad Nakhalah, the leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, threatened to retaliate by launching a missile attack on Tel Aviv. Israel has since been repelling missile attacks and launching new attacks on Gaza Strip.
22:52 GMT 05.08.2022
Red Cross Says Concerned Over Escalation of Hostilities in Gaza Strip
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed concern over the escalation of hostilities between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
On Friday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched an operation dubbed Breaking Dawn against Palestinian movement Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip and carried out missile strikes, killing 10 people and injuring over 50, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Following the airstrikes, Ziyad Nakhalah, the leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, threatened to retaliate by launching a missile attack on Tel Aviv. Israel has since been repelling missile attacks and launching new attacks on Gaza Strip.
"We are concerned by the escalation of armed hostilities. If this cycle of violence spins out of control, it will bear heavy consequences for civilian populations. We call on all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law," the ICRC wrote on Twitter.
The organization added that it was in contact with all the parties to the conflict and closely monitoring the situation.
22:00 GMT 05.08.2022
Israel to Continue Military Operation in Gaza Strip Until Goals Achieved -Defense Minister
Israel will continue the military operation in the Gaza Strip until all its goals are achieved, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told his US counterpart, Lloyd Austin.
On Friday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched an operation dubbed Breaking Dawn against Palestinian movement Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip and carried out missile strikes, killing 10 people and injuring over 50, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Following the airstrikes, Ziyad Nakhalah, the leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, threatened to retaliate by launching a missile attack on Tel Aviv. Israel has since been repelling missile attacks and launching new attacks on Gaza Strip.
"Defense Minister Benny Gantz has talked today to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and informed him about the Breaking Dawn operation. Minister Gantz pointed out that Israel was working on protecting its citizens and will act decisively and very precisely against the terrorists and their infrastructure until the goals are achieved," the Israeli Defense Ministry said.
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland said that the continuous escalation of violence between Palestinian militants and Israel was very concerning.
21:17 GMT 05.08.2022
Egyptian Mediators Call on Israel, Palestinian Militant Groups to Deescalate - Reports
Egyptian negotiators are holding continuous talks with both sides of the conflict in the Gaza Strip in an attempt to urge them to take deescalation steps, the eXtra News broadcaster reported, citing an Egyptian source familiar with the matter.
Earlier in the day, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched an operation dubbed Breaking Dawn against Palestinian movement Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip and carried out missile strikes, killing ten people and injuring over 50, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Following the airstrikes, Ziyad Nakhalah, the leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, threatened to retaliate by launching a missile attack on Tel Aviv. Israel has since been repelling missile attacks and launching new attacks on Gaza Strip.
"Egypt's efforts continue without a break and are focused on preventing escalation between Israel and Palestinian militant groups," the broadcaster quoted the source as saying.
The source said that the negotiators urged Israel to cease its military operation during their intensive talks and a visit to Tel Aviv, adding that Cairo is calling on both sides for restraint to eliminate the exacerbation of the situation.
20:58 GMT 05.08.2022
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.08.2022
Operation Breaking Dawn: IDF Strikes Gaza
Iranian Foreign Ministry Strongly Condemns Israeli Airstrikes in Gaza Strip
20:52 GMT 05.08.2022
Over 70 Rockets Fired at Israel in 2 Hours, 9 Fell in Gaza Strip - Israeli Army
More than 70 rockets were fired at Israeli territory in two hours, 9 of them fell in the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces said.
"In just 2 hours tonight: 71 rockets were fired from Gaza toward Israel. 9 of these rockets fell INSIDE the Gaza Strip. Terrorist rockets threaten innocent civilians—both Israeli and Gazan," the IDF said on Twitter.
Earlier, the army said that air raid sirens sounded in the south and in the center of the country, including in cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod.
18:51 GMT 05.08.2022
PM Lapid: Israel Not Interested in Large-Scale Operation in Gaza, But Not Afraid of It
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israel is not interested in a large-scale operation in the Gaza Strip, but is not afraid of it, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a televised address broadcast live by Israeli TV channels.
"Today's actions in Gaza began in the light of specific threats that have disrupted the usual way of life in the south. Israel is not interested in a large-scale operation in Gaza, but it is not afraid of it either," the prime minister said.
During the prime minister's speech, air raid sirens sounded in the central and southern regions of Israel.
18:40 GMT 05.08.2022
IDF Says Over 70 Rockets Launched at Israel From Gaza, No Casualties or Serious Damage
18:34 GMT 05.08.2022
Islamic Jihad Says It Has Launched Some 100 Rockets Into Israel Over Half an Hour
18:24 GMT 05.08.2022
IDF Responds to Rocket Attacks From Gaza
18:06 GMT 05.08.2022
Red Alert: Rocket Sirens Sound in Israeli Cities
Videos showing rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel have been shared by local media:
17:49 GMT 05.08.2022
IDF Spokesman Says 'We're in the Midst of Targeted Campaign' Against PIJ
17:48 GMT 05.08.2022
Qatar Condemns 'Israeli Aggression' in Gaza
17:47 GMT 05.08.2022
White House: Israel Has Right to Protect Itself
“We are monitoring developments in Gaza. We urge all sides for calm. We firmly believe that Israel has the right to protect itself,” a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council said.
17:07 GMT 05.08.2022
Israeli Media: Rocket Fired From Gaza Strip Towards Israel Fails to Reach Target, Lands in Enclave
17:06 GMT 05.08.2022
Palestinian Health Ministry Raises Death Toll From IDF Strikes to 10
17:01 GMT 05.08.2022
WATCH: IDF Destroys PIJ's Rocket Launch Site in Khan Yunis
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