Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Israel strikes Gaza after rockets fired from enclave

A Military Police car blocks a road leading to Zikim beach after it was closed to visitors due to escalating rocket fire from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel Swedish activists sent home after being arrested by Israel
Patty Aguilar | 09 August, 2018, 08:08

On Tuesday, Israel struck a Hamas military post in Gaza, saying it was in response to militant fire at Israeli troops.

"The Israeli strike was conducted in response to the rockets launched from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory over the course of the evening and night", it said.

Armed Israeli drones and F-16 warplanes have pounded various areas across the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least a Palestinian and injuring several others.

Israeli media reported several residents of Sderot and other border towns were wounded by rocket fire.

A Hamas militant was also killed in one of the strikes, while at least 12 people in Gaza were reportedly injured, health officials said.

According to the IDF, the rockets were launched from the Hamas-run enclave and two were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system.

According to the IDF, approximately 70 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel.

Parts of the town have been closed off and police bomb disposal units were at the scene of the strikes, a spokesman for the force said.

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The Anadolu report did not specify at which stage of the truce the release would be carried out, nor whether or not it would involve releasing Hamas terrorists who are behind bars in Israel. Twenty-four of the slain protesters were minors, the ministry has said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Hamas terrorists fired at an engineering vehicle near the northern Gaza Strip that was involved in the construction of a barrier along the security fence.

The push for a long-term ceasefire agreement follows months of clashes between Israel and Hamas, marked by a surge in cross-border arson attacks, rocket fire, and violent clashes which brought the sides to the brink of a full-scale war in two separate military flare-ups in July.

United Nations and Egyptian-led efforts are under way to mediate a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas that would end a four-month surge of violence along the Israel-Gaza border.

One Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.

The Israel Defense Forces Twitter account said its fighter jets had targeted more 140 strategic sites, including a weapons manufacturing and storage facility.

Meanwhile, Israeli firefighters battled two fires caused by gas balloons that exploded when the homes were hit by rocket fire.

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