In Gaza Flare-Up, New York Times Obscures Cause and Effect

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 10, 2018

"Israel is being inundated with Hamas rocket fire from Gaza", the coalition said in a tweet that included a picture of the devastation and text saying "180 rockets and counting".

Thursday's events are the latest in a series of severe flare ups over the past few months in Gaza, leading many local and global officials to speculate that another large-scale Israeli offensive on the Palestinian territory could be imminent.

The Israeli military destroyed a cultural center in Gaza City, claiming it was a Hamas military base, while militants fired rockets toward Israel throughout the evening.

While some local media outlets were reporting that Muhammad succumbed to his wounds early Thursday afternoon, the Gaza Ministry of Health has maintained that he is still in critical condition and being treated in the ICU.

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A surge in cross-border rockets and air strikes in recent weeks have prompted the United Nations and Egypt to try to broker a truce to prevent another all-out conflict. An Egyptian-Palestinian cultural society also has an office in the building.

"As we approach a potential agreement, it's extremely important for Hamas to deliver the message that we are not going there because we are weak", said Yossi Kuperwasser, a retired brigadier general and the former director general of Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs.

The building was not publicly known to include facilities for Hamas.

Beginning on Wednesday night and into Thursday, fireballs and explosions shook the Gaza Strip while plumes of smoke rose from the enclave. Across the border rocket warning sirens sounded nearly non-stop from sunset on Wednesday in Israeli towns and villages where residents sheltered in bunkers.

A pregnant Palestinian woman and her 18-month-old child were killed in the Israeli attacks, as was a Hamas militant.

Israel's military reported seven civilians wounded. Israeli Police said they found its remnants in an open area on the outskirts of the city of 200,000 people and that no one was hurt. The ministry said Khammash was also pregnant.

"What I can say is that we targeted by definition only military targets that were clearly used by Hamas where there was an active presence of Hamas and nothing else", he told journalists on Thursday morning. In this week's fighting, the Palestinian Health Ministry said three Palestinians were killed.

Strikingly, the word "respond", or any variation thereof, appears only in context of Hamas responding to Israeli strikes: "Hamas, the Islamic militant group that has ruled Gaza for 11 years, has been trying to change the balance of deterrence in the area, responding to every Israeli strike against Gaza".

U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov said the United Nations had engaged with Egypt in an "unprecedented effort" to avoid serious conflict, but "the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

On Twitter, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri echoed similar sentiments, and called on the global community to "shoulder its responsibilities towards Israel's aggression and siege".

Protesters demand the "right of return" to their homes and villages in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

At least 165 Palestinians have killed by Israeli fire since March 30.

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