While Israel has been carrying out major airstrikes on Gaza since August 5, claiming to target jihadists, and rockets have been fired into Israeli territory, the spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy reports Moscow’s concern .
“Moscow is deeply concerned about a new round of military violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Russian foreign policy spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on August 6.
The Israeli army said that same day that it was preparing to carry out raids for “a week” in the Gaza Strip, where it is increasing the bombings, claiming to target the armed organization Islamic Jihad. The IDF claims to have killed 15 fighters from this formation in strikes since the afternoon of August 5. Gaza authorities have reported 13 dead, including a five-year-old girl, and more than 100 injured.
Maria Zakharova denounced “a new escalation” caused by the airstrikes of the Israeli army, in response to which “Palestinian groups began to bombard intensively and blindly Israeli territory”, in her words. The Russians perceive “with deep concern this development of events which risks leading to a resumption of large-scale military confrontation and aggravating the already deplorable humanitarian situation in Gaza”, also explains the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. . Therefore, Russia calls on all parties “to show maximum restraint, to avoid military escalation and to immediately return to a lasting ceasefire”, according to the same source.
The bombardments and shootings on both sides constitute, according to AFP, the worst confrontation between the Jewish state and armed organizations in Gaza since the 11-day war in May 2021, which left 260 dead on the Palestinian side and 14 died in Israel.