Palestinian rocket fire draws Israeli air strikes in Gaza

Palestinian rocket fire draws Israeli air strikes in Gaza
Flames are seen following an Israeli air strike in the town of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, early on Nov. 22, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 22 November 2020

Palestinian rocket fire draws Israeli air strikes in Gaza

Palestinian rocket fire draws Israeli air strikes in Gaza
  • No casualties reported on either side of the border

GAZA: Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel, drawing Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said on Sunday.
There were no casualties reported on either side of the border. Israeli police said the Gaza rocket fired on Saturday night damaged a factory in the southern city of Ashkelon.
The Israeli military said its aircraft struck in response against several military sites belonging to Hamas, the Islamist armed group that controls Gaza.
Reuters witnesses said the pre-dawn strikes hit targets in Gaza City and the southern Gaza cities of Rafah and Khan Younis, where flames and plumes of smoke could be seen rising from some sites.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility from any of Gaza’s military groups for firing the rocket. Israel and Hamas last fought a war in 2014 and have exchanged fire several times since, though the border has been largely quiet in recent months.
“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it, and will bear the consequences for terror activity against Israeli civilians,” the military said in a statement.
In Gaza Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum blamed the new escalation on Israel.
“The Israeli occupation is the prime responsible for everything that happens in Gaza as it continues to blockade it and carry out attacks. The resistance is only acting in self-defense,” Barhoum told Reuters.


El-Sisi says Egypt to begin COVID-19 vaccinations on Sunday

El-Sisi says Egypt to begin COVID-19 vaccinations on Sunday
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El-Sisi says Egypt to begin COVID-19 vaccinations on Sunday

El-Sisi says Egypt to begin COVID-19 vaccinations on Sunday
  • Egypt received its first shipment of vaccines developed by Sinopharm in December
  • The country will get 40 million vials via the GAVI vaccine alliance for 20 million people

CAIRO: Egypt will begin coronavirus vaccinations on Sunday, beginning with medical staff, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in recorded comments on Saturday.
On Friday, Egypt recorded 748 new cases and 52 deaths. However, health officials say the real number is likely far higher because of the relatively low rate of coronavirus testing and the exclusion of private test results.
Egypt received its first shipment of vaccines developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) in December.
Egypt will get 40 million vials via the GAVI vaccine alliance for 20 million people, or 20% of the 100 million population, its health minister said last week.