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Pakistan has denounced the recent wave of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, and vowed to stand by Palestinians in the latest escalation with the Tel Aviv regime.
“Pakistan strongly condemns Israeli air attacks in Gaza that have targeted not only the Hamas leadership but also innocent civilians,” a statement released by Pakistan's foreign ministry said on Friday.
The Islamabad government also described Israeli assaults on the besieged Palestinian enclave as a flagrant violation of international law, urging the international community “to come together to stop the Israeli aggression.”
“An escalation in the violence could lead to a spreading of the conflict to engulf the region,” it warned.
The new wave of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has claimed at least 30 lives since November 14. Ahmed al-Ja'abari, the popular and influential head of the Hamas military wing, the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, was assassinated in an Israeli attack on his car on Wednesday.
On Friday, Ahmed Abu Jalal, a field commander of the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on the central Gaza district of Maghazi.
The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, in violation of international law disproportionate, force is always used and civilians are often killed or injured.
Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.
The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.