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Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza Strip

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
An Israeli F-15 I fighter jet (file photo)

Israeli warplanes bombed at least five positions around Gaza's derelict international airport near the southern city of Rafah and in nearby farming areas on Wednesday.

Following the attacks, the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, said in a statement that “we will not allow a continuation of Zionist aggression against the Gaza Strip. The enemy should not invoke any reason whatsoever for its actions and leave the Gaza Strip immediately.”

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement also released a statement warning Tel Aviv against any escalation along the border.

And Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said, “Hamas holds the Israeli occupation completely responsible for the escalation east of Gaza and the consequences of it." He called on the concerned parties to “shoulder their responsibility to stop this aggression and Israeli crimes.”

Israeli soldiers stand guard with their tank along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, on May 4, 2016. (AFP)

Earlier on Wednesday, Israeli tanks, stationed along the Gaza border, shelled several areas in Gaza’s eastern Shuja'iyya district, targeting Hamas security posts. At least one Palestinian house was destroyed in the shelling. Senior Hamas official Mushir al-Masri called the attacks a “dangerous development.”

Palestinian men work on the remains of a building destroyed during the Israel’s 50-day war on Palestinian people in the summer of 2014, on April 30, 2016, in Gaza City. (AFP)

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty. Tel Aviv has also waged three wars on Gaza since 2008, including a devastating 50-day aggression in 2014 that left more than 2,200 Palestinians dead and over 11,100 others injured.

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