Sunday, 19 August, 2018

At least one Palestinian killed, six injured in Gaza after Israeli strikes

Palestinian mourners carry the body of a Hamas member killed by Israeli fire during his funeral in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip Israel Hits Gaza After Palestinian Rockets Target Israel
Pablo Mccormick | 09 August, 2018, 04:23

Palestinians militants have also fired rockets into Israel and the Israeli military has carried out dozens of air strikes in the enclave.

Gaza health ministry said two of the victims were a pregnant Palestinian woman and her 18-month-old child, another victim was a Palestinian man.

The Swedish vessel, named "Freedom for Gaza", was intercepted on August 4th and taken to Israel's port Ashdod its organizers said - the second such boat of the "Freedom Flotilla" prevented from reaching Gaza.

In response to the rocket fire, the Israeli Air Force bombed 12 Hamas targets in Gaza.

"As of now, approximately 70 rocket launches were identified from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory", the army said in a statement.

The Israeli press reported that nine Israelis had been injured.

The rocket fire came from Gaza shortly after an IDF tank struck Hamas posts in Gaza after hots were fired across the border towards civilian engineering vehicles working on the IDF's underground barrier with the coastal enclave.

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Following the strike, Hamas' Izzedine Al-Qassam Brigades announced that two of its members were killed in the strike, naming them as Ahmad Margan and Abdel Hafex Al-Silawi, both 23-years-old and from the Jabalia refugee camp.

"Hamas hit the "enemy" with a large number of rockets", 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.

"The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible for everything in and out of the Gaza Strip and will bear the consequences for the acts of terror perpetrated against Israeli civilians", the IDF said.

Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations' humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, in a news release called Israel's restriction of fuel imports "a risky practice, with grave consequences on the rights of people in Gaza".

Israeli television broadcast images of a house and cars reportedly damaged by the rockets in Sderot.

The rocket fire also comes as a senior Hamas official said United Nations and Egyptian mediated ceasefire talks between the terror group and Israel have reached "advanced stages" and a deal was expected to be signed soon.

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The escalation comes after the Hamas leadership convened for a rare meeting in Gaza on Friday.

The area where the rockets fell have been closed off by the police as bomb disposal units were called to the scene.

The exchange came amid continued attempts by Egypt to broker a broad cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas. Twenty-four of the slain protesters were minors, the ministry has said. One Israeli soldier was killed by a Gaza sniper during this period.

Around two million people live in Gaza, mainly stateless descendants of Palestinians who fled or were driven out of what is now Israel at its founding in 1948.

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

The Gaza Strip, home to almost two million Palestinians, has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007.

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