Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Israeli hits dozens of Gaza targets after Palestinian mortar barrage

Israeli hits dozens of Gaza targets after Palestinian mortar barrage

The Israel-Gaza border fell quiet on Wednesday under an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire after the most intense flareup of hostilities between Palestinian militants and Israel since a 2014 war.

On Tuesday night, a rocket hit an Israeli home near the Gaza border, but no one was hurt, the military said.

Israeli tank fire and airstrikes hit Gaza on Tuesday.

The Israeli military said more than 25 projectiles were fired on Tuesday.

"After the resistance succeeded in confronting the [Israeli] aggression ... there was a lot of mediation in the past hours", senior Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayya said in a statement.

The violence followed a serious escalation in the area of the fence separating Gaza and Israel over the past months.

He also addressed the tunnel Israel destroyed along the Gaza border, which passed from the town of Rafah into both Israeli and Egyptian territory. Jonathan Conricus called the ship launch an "illegal attempt to break a legal naval blockade of Gaza", and dismissed it as a publicity stunt.

"Palestinian factions will abide by calm as long as [Israel] abides by it", Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shehab said.

"The Palestinian Islamic Jihad today used Iranian-made weapons", according to the IDF in a statement, while emphasizing the organization is rooted in "Iranian ideology".

The trio added: "When RSY-Netzer discovered that most of those killed in Gaza were claimed as Hamas operatives, they acknowledged that had they known, they would not have shared this on Facebook". "They do not want to see any progress to be made between Hamas and Israel because it works against their ideology". Israeli forces have killed more than 100 people in those protests, including 60 in one day on May 14.

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Regional councils near the Gaza border instructed residents to stay close to bomb shelters.

"They sacrificed too much and achieved very little", said Michael.

Abu Saada said containment is possible if Egypt and the United Nations step in.

The UN Security Council is expected to meet Wednesday to discuss the attacks on Israel, following a request by the United States for an urgent meeting.

Violence along the Gaza frontier soared in recent weeks. But Israel remains on high alert against the possibility of further trouble. However, I don't have a promising future here in Gaza.

Israel said some 70 rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza into its southern territory.

Gaza-Israel border - Palestinian militants launched their heaviest barrages against Israel since the 2014 Gaza war on Tuesday and Israeli aircraft struck back, in a surge of fighting after weeks of border violence. "The IDF will respond to these attacks powerfully", he said during a conference in northern Israel.

Israel said it would be willing to respect the ceasefire, with Egypt acting as a moderating force.

"There is a culture of impunity in Israel for crimes against Palestinians", Maliki said.

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