Israel threatens to cut humanitarian aid to Gaza if rocket attacks continue

Jerusalem: Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz threatened on Tuesday to halt the humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip if rocket attacks from the Palestinian enclave continue.

He made the remarks after meeting a special Israeli commando unit in the occupied West Bank, a day after militants from Gaza fired a rocket towards southern Israel, Xinhua news agency reported.

“If Hamas leaders decide to undermine stability, the moves we have made to develop Gaza’s economy will be rolled back. We will not allow terrorists and provocateurs to harm the holy places,” Gantz said in a statement.

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The rocket fired on Monday night was intercepted by Israel’s anti-rocket Iron Dome system. Israel’s air force later launched airstrikes targeting a weapons manufacturing site belonging to Hamas, short for the Islamic Resistance Movement controlling the enclave.

The attack came amid recent tensions between Israel and the Palestinians in East Jerusalem, mainly around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where some 200 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli police since Friday.

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