The Russian Foreign Ministry called for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict escalated again on August 5, after a series of Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip as part of an operation against the Islamic Jihad group

The Russian Foreign Ministry is seriously concerned about the escalation the situation in the Gaza Strip and calls on all parties to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to return to the ceasefire, the statement said the official representative of the department, Maria Zakharova. On August 5, Israel launched air strikes on Gaza, after which retaliatory shelling began from there.

“We call on all parties involved to exercise maximum restraint, prevent the escalation of hostilities and immediately return to a sustainable ceasefire,” The statement reads.

An end to violence is possible only through negotiations, as a result of which the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to establish an independent state within the borders of 1967 should be realized, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict escalated again on August 5, when the Israeli army launched air strikes on the Gaza Strip as part of Operation Dawn. against the terrorist group “Islamic Jihad” banned in Russia. During it, the commander of the northern brigade of the military wing of the group was eliminated. The Gaza Ministry of Health reported that 10 people died as a result of Israeli strikes, 55— were injured.

“Islamic Jihad” — is a paramilitary Islamist group that wants to create an independent Palestinian Islamic state and destroy Israel in a jihad. It was founded in the 1970s by Sunnis from the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist movement. (banned in Russia).

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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid stated that Operation Dawn aims to “eliminate a specific threat to the citizens of Israel.” The ruling Hamas movement in Gaza called Israel's actions an act of aggression, and the leader of the Islamic Jihad Ziyad al-Nahkhala said that there would be no truce after the airstrikes.

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