Israel’s military has launched four missile strikes Khan Younis city in the southern Gaza Strip during the holy month of Ramadan.
The move follows reports that Israel’s army intercepted a rocket launched from the Gaza strip amidst growing tensions over the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Thus far no Palestinian group has claimed responsibility for the rocket launch, which Israeli officials claim was struck down by their Iron Dome interceptor.
Palestinians accuse Israeli forces of encroaching upon the holy site during Ramadan and have engaged in peaceful demonstrations against the occupation. Israeli security officials responded with force beating demonstrators and arresting hundreds. Reports indicate that at least 158 demonstrators were injured by Israeli forces.
Israel alleges that these demonstrations are politically motivated and prevent Jews from visiting the sacred site whilst they celebrate Passover.
Last May, similar tensions saw Israeli forces bombarded Gaza killing at least 248 people, including 66 children and injuring 1,900.