The sirens were heard in Tel Aviv on Saturday after members of the Israeli army said Islamic Jihad fired rockets near the Gaza border.
The recent escalation was described as the worst since the 11-day conflict in May 2021, with the Israeli army threatening to “launch a preventive operation” on Saturday.
This comes after the Israeli army launched airstrikes in Gaza on Friday. A five-story building in Gaza was destroyed in the air strike.
Fifteen Palestinians – including a five-year-old girl, Alaa Abdullah Kaddum – were killed and 120 wounded, as reported by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
Eyewitnesses said Kaddum had a pink bow in his hair and a wound on his forehead, as his body was brought to his father at his funeral.
Watch: air strike on Gaza
The UK stands alongside Israel
On Saturday, British Foreign Minister Liz Truss She said the UK “supports Israel and its right to defend itself”.
“We condemn the terrorist groups that shoot at civilians and the violence that has resulted in casualties on both sides. We call for a quick end to the violence ”.
Truss did not recognize the Palestinian lives lost in the Israeli attack on Gaza.
South Africa’s response
Meanwhile, in South Africa, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has condemned Israel’s attacks on Gaza, saying:
“It is of particular concern that Israeli military statements indicate that the operation ‘would take a long time’ and that ongoing attacks continue to put innocent civilians at serious risk.”
Dirco said that Israel “has specific obligations in terms of international human rights and humanitarian law, which it continues to violate without being held accountable”.
“There is an urgent need to address the killing of children by the Israeli government.”
Palestinian children deserve security
In July, Minister Pandor addressed the Conference of Palestinian Heads of Mission in Africa, saying that South Africa stressed the plight of children during the war.
He said the continuing human rights violations in Gaza “reaffirm that such violations only contribute to fomenting hatred”.
He said Israel will not find security “in the annexation of all Palestinian territories, in the imprisonment of Palestinians or in the continuous blockade of Gaza”.
“Rather it is in a peaceful and stable neighbor, a sovereign and independent Palestinian state, whose children, like Israeli children, can go to school, play, attend places of worship and compete in sports in peace and safety.”
No negotiations for a ceasefire
As reported by AFPan Israeli army spokesman said his forces are “preparing for the operation to last a week”, adding that the army “is not currently conducting ceasefire negotiations.”
Meanwhile, the leader of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, Mohammed al-Hindi, said that “the battle is still beginning”.
“Islamic Jihad is reacting in a limited way and by doing so prevents the occupation (Israeli army) from escalating its air strikes,” said Mohammed al-Hindi.
Images and quotes from Israeli military spokesman and AFP jihadist leader Mohammed al-Hindi.