Posted by The Jerusalem Times on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 06:19:19 The latest news in the cyclone season in the region.
A cyclone is defined as a major storm with sustained winds of 65 km/h or higher, with wind gusts of 70 km/hr or higher.
In the past, cyclones of this type have struck in Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.
The Israeli and Palestinian cyclones hit Israel’s Negev and Beersheba regions, but did not cause any casualties.
This time, however, the Israeli military announced that it has struck Gaza, the West Bank and Gaza City.
Israel declared a state of emergency in the northern and eastern Gaza Strip, and the IDF said it has launched a military operation in the West Gaza Strip.
Israel says the Gaza operation aims to protect the population in the coastal enclave.
The military said the strikes targeted Hamas facilities and military infrastructure, including smuggling tunnels and the construction of shelters.
Israel also struck the coastal city of Ashkelon and the southern city of Nazareth, according to the military.
The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The IDF said at least 16 people were killed in the Israeli strikes, including nine children and six women, according the army.
Israel announced that the attacks were the result of rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip and that it had intercepted several projectiles.
The Israel Defense Forces said that at least 10 Palestinians, including two civilians, were killed.
It also said it had killed two Hamas militants.
The army said it struck six tunnels from Gaza that were used by the terror group to smuggle weapons, ammunition and fighters into Israel.
The attacks come after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in January that he would declare a state or emergency in Gaza, saying that Hamas was the most dangerous organization in the Gaza strip and that the IDF was “prepared to confront it.”
Hamas, however a designated terrorist organization by the United Nations, has been unable to impose a complete cease-fire.
Netanyahu said that his government had established a temporary ceasefire and that “we will continue to make progress toward a just and lasting solution to the crisis in Gaza.”
The United States and Europe have condemned the Israeli attacks and condemned Hamas as an armed organization.
The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution on January 23 demanding an end to the Israeli blockade on Gaza.
The U.N. also condemned Israel for targeting civilians, the targeting of hospitals and medical facilities and the use of water cannons and missiles in the conflict.
“The world is watching the violence in Gaza with concern and anger,” Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said in a statement on January 24.
“Israel’s military action has violated international humanitarian law and human rights law.
The UN Security Council is demanding an immediate end to this action and an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.
It is time for the international community to stop the violence and to start a new era of peace in the Holy Land.”
The Arab League called for a cessation of hostilities, but the U.S. and France, two of the six permanent members of the council, have also called for an end in hostilities.
The Arab states have accused Israel of targeting hospitals and the Palestinian territories.
The Security Council voted to call a meeting of its 15-member Security Council on Monday to discuss the situation in Gaza and the crisis.
The council also voted to adopt a resolution that calls for an immediate cease-fires, a Palestinian government that will govern in accordance with the Geneva Conventions, and a political process to resolve the conflict in the occupied Palestinian territories, and an end of the Israeli occupation of the territories.