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Islamic Jihad militants take responsibility for attacking Israel

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Palestinian Islamic Jihad group banned in Russia claimed responsibility for rocket attacks on Israeli territory on Sunday, February 23.

“Al-Quds brigades declare their responsibility for the shelling of Zionist settlements tonight, which occurred in response to the murder of Mujahideen Muhammad al-Nayim and abuse of his body, we will respond to any aggression,” the statement as says.

Earlier that day, Israeli soldiers fired at two Palestinians who, according to the Israeli Armed Forces, were trying to plant a bomb near a fence on the border with the Gaza Strip.

In response, the Palestinians launched 21 missiles into Israeli territories. The Iron Dome missile defense system of Israel intercepted 13 of them. Initially, the Israeli army reported 20 launched and 10 intercepted missiles.

Israel and the Palestinian enclave often exchange rocket attacks. Another round of tension occurred in May 2018 against the backdrop of the transfer of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which Israel considers its indivisible capital.

On January 28, US President Donald Trump unveiled the terms of the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. According to the “deal of the century”, Jerusalem should become the indivisible capital of Israel, and Palestine will be given the capital in East Jerusalem, and the country will supposedly double its territory.

In turn, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the plan a realistic path to peace , and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced the termination of relations with Israel and the United States.

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