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Israel seeks to spread chaos by targeting police officers: Gaza’s interior ministry

Smoke billows during Israeli bombardment in eastern Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on May 19, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas. (Photo by AFP)

Gaza's interior ministry has condemned Israel’s assassination of a police official in the besieged enclave, saying the occupying regime’s repeated attacks on members of the police service is an attempt to spread chaos among residents of the territory.

In a statement released on Sunday, the ministry said Israel assassinated Colonel Zaher al-Houli, the director of police investigations for central Gaza, and his escort while they were carrying out their police duty.

It added that four other police officers were also killed in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central part of the Gaza Strip after Israeli forces attacked the area last night.

“The repeated targeting of police officers and members of the police service aims to spread chaos within Palestinian society,” the ministry said.

“We reiterate that the police are a civilian body protected under international law and the assassination of police officers is unjustified.”

Back in February, Israel targeted a vehicle carrying six Palestinian police officers in the Khirbat al-Adas neighborhood in the southern city of Rafah, killing them instantly.

Also in April, seven police officials were killed in the Tuffah neighborhood of eastern Gaza City in an Israeli attack on a police vehicle.

Israel unleashed its brutal war on Gaza on October 7, 2023, after Palestinian resistance groups carried out Operation al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

The Tel Aviv regime has so far killed at least 35,456 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured over 79,366 others.

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