Israeli shelling kills 1 Palestinian in Gaza

Israeli shelling kills 1 Palestinian in Gaza

The military said it hit drone storage facilities, military compounds, and rocket and munition workshops across the Gaza Strip.

Militants from Hamas, the dominant group in Gaza, and Islamic Jihad fired dozens of rockets and mortar bombs at southern Israel throughout Tuesday and overnight, to which Israel responded with tank and air strikes on more than 50 targets in the small, coastal enclave.

Today Iran-backed Palestinian terrorists like Hamas launched over 100 rockets & mortars at Israel. The other three are soldiers wounded by shrapnel outside their military position of Sufa near Gaza.

According to Israel's Channel 10, experts estimate more than 115 missiles and rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel.

Al-Quds reported the Islamic Jihad movement announcing that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement was reached with Israel, but the newspaper added that Israel chose to escalate the situation.

They said the attacks were in response to Israeli killings of dozens of people since March 30th, mostly in Gaza border protests against Israel.

Running out of options and rejecting calls to disarm, Hamas has led a series of weekly mass protests along the Israeli border during the past two months to draw attention to Gaza's poor conditions and pressure Israel to ease the blockade.

Islamic Jihad was believed to be behind the mortar fire, which appeared to be retaliation for the deaths of three of its fighters in an Israeli airstrike earlier this week.

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Shortly after he spoke, Israel's military began air strikes in Gaza.

"Israel takes a grave view of the attacks on it and its communities by Hamas and Islamic Jihad from the Gaza Strip", he said. "Mortars fired by Palestinian militants hit civilian infrastructure, including a kindergarten".

Hamas has reportedly agreed to a ceasefire and Israel said it would respect the ceasefire.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who called the meeting, noted that Hamas claimed responsibility for this week's "outrageous terrorist attack" against Israel.

"The army views the terror activity carried out by the Hamas terror organization with great severity, and will continue to operate in a powerful and determined manner".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday Israel's military had delivered the "harshest blow" in years to Gaza "militants", in his first comments after the worst military flare-up since a 2014 war.

Earlier this month, a large number of Palestinians gathered to protest on the Gaza Strip's eastern border to commemorate the Nakba anniversary and protest the relocation of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Islamic Jihad is the second-largest armed group in Gaza after Hamas. "No one has the right to play with the lives of two million people who have lived through hell in the last decade".

Israeli forces later stopped and seized the main protest boat as it approached the blockade limit at nine nautical miles, while others were said to have turned back. It accuses Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas of seeking to use the protests as cover for attacks.

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