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Palestinians favor attacking Israel if siege continues

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A new poll shows that 80 percent of Gazans favor the resumption of rocket attacks on Israel if the Tel Aviv regime does not end siege on the Gaza Strip.

As many as 12,000 Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank participated in the survey which was conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.

The poll comes a month after Israel’s 50-day devastating war on Gaza ended. Israel unleashed aerial attacks on Gaza in early July and later expanded its military campaign with a ground invasion into the Palestinian territory. Over 2,130 Palestinians lost their lives and some 11,000 were injured. According to Israeli sources, more than 70 Israeli were also killed. Palestinian officials put this number at more than 150.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement said late in August that it fired over 3,000 rockets on dozens of Israeli cities during the war Tel Aviv imposed on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The resistance group said that over 60 of these projectiles fired by its al-Quds Brigades landed in main Israeli cities including Tel Aviv, al-Quds (Jerusalem), Dimona and Netanya. It also said they have targeted Ashdod, Beersheba, Ashkelon and Ofkim with over 660 grad rockets.

The group added that Israeli camps and soldiers have also been targeted with these rockets. It said al-Quds Brigades attacked Israeli tanks along Gaza borders with nearly 900 mortar shells.

Gaza has been blockaded by the Israeli regime since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standards of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.8 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.


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