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Air raid sirens sounded in northern Israel

MOSCOW, December 11 – RIA Novosti. Air raid sirens sounded in northern Israel reported Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

“Air raid sirens sounded in the northern part of Israel,” the army said in a statement on its Telegram channel.

Air raid sirens sounded five times in the north of the country on Sunday, according to the IDF.

On October 7, within the scope of the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation announced by the military wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement, Israel was subjected to an unprecedented scale rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. After this, the organization’s fighters entered the border areas in southern Israel, opened fire on both military and civilians, and took more than 200 people hostage. According to the latest data from the authorities in Israel, approximately 1.2 thousand people, including civilians, soldiers, foreign citizens and workers, lost their lives and more than 5 thousand people were injured.

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In response, the Israel Defense Forces launched Operation Iron Sword against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Within days, the Israeli army took control of all settlements near the Gaza border and began carrying out air strikes on targets, including civilians in the strip. Israel also announced a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip: supplies of water, food, electricity, medicine and fuel were stopped.

At the end of October, the ground phase of Israel’s operation in the region began. Gaza City was surrounded by Israeli ground forces and the area was effectively divided into southern and northern parts.

Since the start of Israeli attacks, the death toll in the Gaza Strip has exceeded 17 thousand, and more than 48 thousand people have been injured. Hamas claimed that there were around 200-250 hostages in the Gaza Strip. After the ceasefire ended, Israeli authorities announced that 126 Israelis and 11 foreigners remained hostage in Hamas, and 110 kidnapped people were released.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called on the parties to stop the clashes. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stance, a solution to the Middle East crisis can only be possible on the basis of the “two-state” formula approved by the UN Security Council, which envisages the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the UN. It borders the 1967 capital, East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which is linked to the regional interests of the parties, has been a source of tension and strife in the region for decades. In 1947, the UN resolution, which assumed the active role of the USSR, determined the creation of two states (Israel and Palestine), but only the state of Israel was created.

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Source: Ria

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