Israel’s offensive on Gaza continues, mediators unable to stop it

Palestinians hold funerals for those martyred in Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip on 5 August 2022 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

The Israeli bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip continues for the second day, and mediators seem unable to stop it. Early on Saturday morning, the Israeli occupation army announced it was preparing for a "week-long operation" against Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip. Israeli media reported Israeli occupation army spokesperson, Ran Kochav, confirming that there are no negotiations for a truce and that the offensive on Gaza may last for at least one week. At the same time, the Islamic Jihad sharedthat there has been no talk of calm or mediation "for the moment." A senior member of Islamic Jihad told a local Palestinian news agency that the situation "is heading for an escalation." READ: Israel ramps up security around Gaza […]