May 13 2021 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel will continue its military campaign against the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement the same day, the early morning, Netanyahu and U.S. President Joe Biden telephone calls to discuss the current Israeli-Palestinian situation. In the call, Mr Netanyahu said Israel would continue to take action against the “military capabilities of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and other armed groups in the Gaza Strip”. The Israel Defense Forces said the same day, the Israeli army is currently preparing for a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.
In addition, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said on the evening of the 12th, despite the international mediation efforts, but the Israeli security cabinet still decided to “hit Hamas hard.” Netanyahu said on the evening of the 12th, Israeli air strikes killed a number of senior Hamas commanders “just the beginning”, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Jihad) “will pay a heavy price.”
According to Palestinian media reports, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum 12, said that unless the Israeli side to stop the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and the Sheikh Jala area of the violation, will not accept the ceasefire.
From 10 to 13 May, serious clashes broke out between Israeli forces and the Gaza Strip. Militants in the Gaza Strip fired more than 1,600 rockets at Israel in retaliation for Israeli air strikes on some 600 military targets of the militant group in the Gaza Strip and the killing of several senior Hamas commanders. At present, the conflict between the two sides has led to the death of seven Israelis, more than 100 injured, 67 people in the Gaza Strip, nearly 400 injured.
Israeli media reported that it was the largest armed conflict between Israel and the Gaza Strip since 2014.