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Russia concerned by Israel، Gaza developments، urges restraint

Tuesday 26/March/2019 - 03:22 PM
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Edited by: Mohamed Emad

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday expressed its deep concern at the latest escalation around the Gaza Strip، calling on the parties to the conflict to implement the permanent cease-fire.

“Moscow is seriously concerned about a new round of serious escalation، which threatens to renew the armed conflict and the killing of civilians from both sides،” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement

She called on Israelis and Palestinians alike to exercise restraint and immediately return to the "sustainable" ceasefire regime.

Residents of southern Israeli woke to a tense but relatively quiet morning Tuesday، following a night in which over 60 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip and the IDF struck multiple targets in the Palestinian territory، The Times of Israel reported.

After firing around 30 rockets at Israel Monday evening، the Hamas said it had accepted an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement with Israel that entered into effect at 10 p.m. But Hamas in the Strip continued to fire projectiles at southern Israel into the night، with the army saying another 30 rockets were launched between 10 p.m. and 3:15 a.m.

The Iron Dome defense system intercepted several of the projectiles، and most of the other rockets and mortars fell in open areas، the army said.

There were no injuries in the rocket attacks، though a home in the southern town of Sderot sustained a direct hit by a rocket that did not explode.

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