Palestinians attack Qatari aid official in Gaza

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks to the press in a field just outside the Gaza Strip

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks to the press in a field just outside the Gaza Strip

Al-Emadi, whose country maintains contacts with the Islamic militant group Hamas and has hosted its leaders, coordinates Qatar's relief and reconstruction projects in Gaza. "They send the poorest people, those who live under the toughest conditions", Lieberman said.

"I came to you straight from a visit to the Gaza perimeter, where I received security briefings on the incident and its ramifications".

Israeli war jets carried out a series of intensive airstrikes on Hamas and Islamic Jihad posts, training facilities, weapons storehouses, and one tunnel that was going from Gaza into Israel. -Gen. Ronen Manelis said.

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However, Abu Amer ruled out that Israel would take the initiative at this stage to launch a large-scale military offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Another Israeli expert, Yukhai Ofer, predicted that the Saturday clashes could prompt the Israeli army to "change its approach" against Palestinian protests near the border fence.

Al-Emadi responded that only Palestinian Authority (PA) officials, and not Qataris, are authorized to discuss salaries, and that payment for such services falls under the auspices of the Ministry of Health.

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Hostilities have flared in recent months, including large demonstrations along the Gaza border and occasional rocket fire met by Israeli retaliatory strikes.

The army carried out strikes against "terror targets" belonging to Hamas, including an attack tunnel in the Zeitun neighborhood of Gaza City that was dug in the direction of Israeli territory.

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