Israel attacks Gaza as Clinton condemns E. Jerusalem hotel destruction
Israeli warplanes launched two air raids on the Gaza Strip overnight in response to rocket and mortar fire from the Palestinian territory, an Israeli army spokesman said on Monday. The strikes targeted "centres of terrorist activities, which have been hit", said the spokesman.
Israel considers Hamas as the only organization responsible for the firing of the missiles "even if it does not claim responsibility," said the spokesman.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton early on Monday condemned Israel's destruction of an east Jerusalem hotel complex, noting it undermines chances for peace with the Palestinians. "We are very concerned about the initiation of demolition of the Shepherd's Hotel in east Jerusalem," Clinton said after arriving in Abu Dhabi. "This disturbing development undermines peace efforts to achieve the two state-solution," she said, according to AFP.
"In particular, this move contradicts the logic of a reasonable and necessary agreement between the parties on the status of Jerusalem.
"We believe that through good faith negotiations, the parties should mutually agree on an outcome that realizes the aspirations of both parties for Jerusalem, and safeguards its status for people around the world.
"Ultimately, the lack of a resolution to this conflict harms Israel, harms the Palestinians, and harms the US and the international community.
"We will continue to press ahead with the parties to resolve the core issues, including Jerusalem, in the context of a peace agreement," she said.