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EU on the security situation in Israel: ‘Firing of rockets on civilian populations is totally unacceptable and must immediately stop’

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BRUSSELS—‘’The firing of rockets on civilian populations is totally unacceptable and must immediately stop,’’ an EU spokesperson said in a statement.

‘’This morning, Israel conducted an operation inside Gaza targeting a senior leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. In response, rockets were fired from Gaza on southern and central Israel,’’ the statement said.

The EU said that ‘’a rapid and complete de-escalation is now necessary to safeguard the lives and security of Palestinian and Israeli civilians.’’

‘’The European Union fully supports the efforts of Egypt in this regard. As the EU has consistently reiterated, only a political solution can put an end to these continuing cycles of violence,’’ the statement said.

According to The Jerusalem Post, Israel was preparing for several days of fighting after over 160 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into the Jewish state Tuesday following the targeted killing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata in a precision Israeli airstrike.

As of 2:30  p.m. Israel time, the IDF was reporting more than 160 rocket launches and over 50 interceptions.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after a security cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv: “Terrorists think they can hit civilians and hide behind civilians. We showed that we can hit the terrorist with minimal damage to civilians. Anyone who thinks they can hit our civilians and get away with it is wrong. If you hit us we will hit you.”
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