Israel clears forces in several deadly 2014 Gaza war cases

Israel clears forces in several deadly 2014 Gaza war cases

The State Department advised USA citizens to avoid Gaza and limit travel in the West Bank after a Palestinian rocket attack led to Israeli bombings in Gaza.

The United States on Tuesday reiterated its recommendation that Americans in Gaza leave the territory controlled by Hamas, which Washington calls a terrorist group, "as soon as possible".

Turkey's foreign ministry said on Monday that his country's reconciliation deal with Israel has not changed Ankara's position on the Palestinians, and condemned Israel for its retaliatory strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza, saying they "violate the law and human conscience". Palestinian medical officials said four people were wounded.

The warning issued on Tuesday also urges USA citizens present in Gaza "to depart as soon as possible when border crossings are open". Following a rocket attack into Sderot Lieberman ordered a series of responses which included an IAF assault on dozens of Hamas-related facilities in Gaza during the night that followed the attack.

The warning also pointed out that: "Within Israel and the West Bank, a rise in political and religious tension beginning in October 2015 led to a spike in violence in which USA citizens were killed and wounded".

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday Israel would not allow Hamas to arm itself, two days after it carried almost 50 attacks in the Gaza Strip.

The border area has remained tense since the July-August 2014 war between Israel and Gaza militants that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians and 73 people on the Israeli side. There is no indication that US citizens were targeted, the statement adds.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds. A number were killed in clashes with the Israeli army.

The Iranian spokesman also said certain governments' move to normalize relations with the Zionist regime of Israel is tantamount to turning a blind eye to the regime's heinous crimes against the Palestinian nation.

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