Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Israel strikes Hamas military targets in retaliation for rocket attacks

Israel strikes Hamas military targets in retaliation for rocket attacks

Others complained that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemingly isn't making their ability to live in peace and security a top priority. Most of the recent rockets from Gaza have been fired by smaller factions.

'They were crowned by the success of the Egyptian effort to restore calm and end the escalation'. Palestinian media said the IDF had shelled the home of a senior Islamic Jihad leader, but there was no confirmation from the army.

The surge in violence followed mounting public criticism of Netanyahu over his failure to counter a new Palestinian tactic: incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza that have burned crops and scrubland in southern Israel. Gaza's Health ministry said two teenagers were killed in the strike and ten others injured.

Four Israelis were wounded when a rocket hit a house in the city of Sderot near the Gaza Strip, authorities said.

Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the blockaded Gaza Strip, said late Saturday a ceasefire had been reached with the help of Egypt and others, though Israel declined to comment.

Palestinian militants then began firing projectiles into Israel, drawing further strikes by the Israeli air force to which the armed groups responded by launching more rockets.

The operation is one of Israel's broadest since the 2014 war with Hamas.

Bennett said that the Israeli military "must be instructed to act with force, sophistication and thoroughness".

Relatives of 15-year-old Othman Hilles mourn during his funeral in the family home in Gaza City Saturday
Relatives of 15-year-old Othman Hilles mourn during his funeral in the family home in Gaza City Saturday

'The action we are taking draws a clear red line: that from now on, we will not allow this.' Blasts from Israel's air strikes shook homes and shattered windows in Gaza, where plumes of smoke rose from the sites of the explosions.

"Yesterday we were on the brink of war, and it has taken the concerted efforts of everyone to make sure that we step back from confrontation", Mladenov said in Gaza. The Gaza Health Ministry said the two, 15 and 16, died when the building they were standing near was hit.

"We are ready to operate simultaneously in different theaters", Conricus said, referring to the dual threats from Syria and Gaza. Most recently, it has been struggling to cope with the widespread fires caused by the incendiary kites and balloons floating over the border.

The IDF said that building was hit only after its residents were warned in advance to leave. 'Bombardment for bombardment, ' he said.

The exchange threatens to spark a further conflagration after weeks of tensions along the volatile border.

Israel's military said Palestinian protesters hurled grenades, explosive devices and fire-bombs toward the Israeli soldiers across the border fence.

Hamas's Barhoum said the group was responsible for the barrage against Israel and that it was carried out "in response to the Israeli air strikes".

Israel's Education Minister and leader of coalition party, Naftali Bennett, slammed a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas which was announced on Saturday night to end nearly twenty-four hours of fighting, calling it a "serious mistake".

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