Tel Aviv [Israel]June 27 (ANI/TPS): The Israeli Defense Forces confirmed on Monday afternoon that Palestinians in Jenin fired their rockets for the first time. The IDF said rockets exploded in Palestinian Authority-administered areas, causing no casualties.
The rocket is believed to have exploded in mid-air.
The Jenin Izz ad-Din al-Qassam brigade, which is affiliated with Hamas, posted a video of the launch online, claiming that the rocket was launched towards Moshafram in Israel’s Gilboa region between Samaria and Lower Galilee of.
Oved Noor, chairman of the Gilboa Regional Council, stressed that the situation in Gilboa is normal, calling on residents to be vigilant and criticizing the government for not taking stronger measures to protect Israelis.
“To clarify, for three years we have been warning about the increased dynamics and capabilities under Jenin’s leadership, but unfortunately, we have not received due consideration to protect our residents,” Noor said in a statement.
“On the one hand, we know clearly from first-hand sources that the IDF and security forces are doing an excellent job and we give them our full support, and on the other hand, there is a major and urgent need to strengthen the Gilboa settlement, especially are the security and protection measures required for settlements near the fence.”
Meanwhile, Israeli authorities arrested a Palestinian man about a month ago after spotting a rocket in a field in east Jerusalem.
Abdel Alhakim Buatna, a resident of Ajur, north of Ramallah, was accused of attempting to send Israeli troops to Israel during the Jerusalem Day flag parade in May, Israeli media reported on Sunday. Arrested for firing rockets.
Buatner is believed to have attempted to build the explosive rocket after learning about its production through the internet, but he was unable to launch the rocket due to inexperience and poor quality.
The flag parade is an annual highlight of the Jerusalem Day celebrations, which mark the anniversary of the reunification of the Israeli capital during the Six-Day War in 1967. Thousands of young people marched from central Jerusalem to the Old City carrying Israeli flags.
Palestinians often accuse Israel of using the march to “Judaize” the city. (ANI/TPS)
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