DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:50 A.M)- Israel continues to strike the Gaza Strip and Hamas is not responding.
Since the start of 2019 Israel has been consistently striking the Gaza Strip, as well as shooting dead demonstrators during Gaza’s Friday protests. But despite Israel’s constant aggression, Palestinian armed factions in Gaza have refrained from responding for some time.
The last time any of the Palestinian armed factions fired back was on the 22nd of February, when an unprovoked tank shelling killed 24 year, Mahmoud al-Nabahin, injuring two others. The response came from an al-Qassam brigades [Hamas’s Armed Wing] sniper, who shot an Israeli sniper in the helmet critically injuring him.
The response on the 22nd of January was fully legal under international law, as the 4th Geneva Convention permits for an occupied people to use armed resistance against their occupiers, it was also a military target hit and with a discriminate weapon.
Since then however neither the armed wing of Hamas nor any other armed group in Gaza have responded to the following unprovoked attacks:
-6th February, airstrikes struck Eastern Rafah.
-17th February, artillery strikes struck Northern Gaza reportedly near Beit Hanoun.
-27th February, 7 missiles were fired into Eastern khan Yunis.
-2nd March, Eastern Rafah was struck with multiple airstrikes.
-3rd March, (Yesterday) East of Beit Hanoun was fired upon by Israeli drones.
In addition to these attacks have been tens of accounts of Israeli bulldozers violating the Gaza demarcation zone, entering into its territory to raise farm land. Israeli violence has also taken the lives of approximately 20 Palestinians this year, so far, as well as injuring around 1,000.
Israel claims that Hamas is the aggressor, however the facts say otherwise.