Explosions light-up the night sky above buildings in Gaza City as Israeli forces shell the Palestinian enclave, early on August 22, 2021. AFP
Israel's military bombed Palestinian militant weapons sites in the Gaza Strip early Sunday in response to a violent demonstration on the perimeter fence that left an Israeli police officer critically injured, the Israeli occupation army said.
Hundreds of Palestinians took part in a demonstration organized by Gaza's Hamas rulers to draw attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the territory.
At least 24 Palestinians, including a 13-year-old, were injured by Israeli gunfire, according to the Gaza health ministry. An Israeli Border Police officer was shot and critically injured.
The occupation army said in a statement, fighter planes hit “four weapons and storage manufacturing sites” belonging to Gaza's Hamas rulers, and that the military deployed additional troops to the region near the border with the Palestinian enclave. There were no immediate reports of injuries in the airstrikes.
*This story was edited by Ahram Online