Palestinian rocket attack on Israeli city draws Gaza air strikes

Palestinian rocket attack on Israeli city draws Gaza air strikes

Palestinian rocket attack on Israeli city draws Gaza air strikes

The Magen David Adom rescue service said a mother and three children in the home were being treated for shock symptoms.

Meanwhile, an Islamic Jihad leader, Khader Habib, told CNN that the militant group remains committed to the truce between Gaza and Israel but added that if strikes continue in Gaza that "the resistance will certainly not stand idly by". The other came down in the sea off Tel Aviv, 70 kilometres from Gaza, the army said.

Israel accuses Hamas of using the protests as a cover for attacks. - The border protests since March 30 have been labelled the "Great March of Return" because they call for Palestinian refugees to return to their former homes inside what is now Israel.

The European Union, in a statement from Brussels, said indiscriminate attacks against civilians were completely unacceptable and mortar and rocket fire by Palestinian militants must stop immediately.

But Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus rejected the disavowal, saying Hamas bore "full responsibility" as Gaza's de facto ruler. Among the targets was a terror tunnel, a weapons factory and a naval commando base.

The rocket attack comes as an Egyptian delegation arrived in Gaza on Tuesday led by Ahmed Abdul Khaleq, an intelligence official in charge of the Palestinian file.

COGAT, the defence ministry body responsible for Palestinian civil affairs, said Mr Lieberman had ordered the closure of the Kerem Shalom goods crossing and the Erez crossing for people, as well as the reduction of the permitted fishing zone along the Gaza coast to three nautical miles.

Seven were killed and hundreds injured during the most recent protests on Friday, with Lieberman later suspending fuel supplies to the already energy-starved Gaza Strip.


A young Palestinian protestor climbs a fence during a demonstration on the beach near the maritime border with Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip, on October 8, 2018.

In addition to sporadic incidents, Israel and Hamas have fought three wars in the past 10 years.

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, called the developments "a risky escalation". In August, a rocket from Gaza landed near the city amid a serious escalation in hostilities.

Israeli police said that the rocket had damaged a residential house in the city.

Keren Kayemet L'Israel - the Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) also said attacks from arson balloons and kites from Gaza since April have destroyed more than half of the forested areas surrounding the border with Gaza.

Gaza's two million residents endure dire living conditions including a shortage of safe drinking water and regular power cuts, partly because of the lack of fuel for the strip's power station.

Hamas has held weekly border protests for the past six months, aimed at easing a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade.

Egypt and the United Nations have reportedly scrambled to try to negotiate a calm between the sides since the rocket attack on Beersheba, which came days after Israeli leaders had already threatened a wider offensive over near-daily border riots and launches of incendiary balloons and kites.

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