Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

After Gaza strikes, Israel threatens Iranian forces in Syria

After Gaza strikes, Israel threatens Iranian forces in Syria

An explosion is seen during Israeli air strikes in the southern Gaza Strip, October 27, 2018.

Israeli fighter jets struck a four-story building which the IDF said was serving as the new headquarters of Hamas' General Security Services in Gaza City's Daraj neighborhood.

In addition, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement expressed its consent to a comprehensive ceasefire with Israel, Alray Palestinian media agency reported. "We know that the orders, incentives were given from Damascus with the clear involvement of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force".

"Over the night, we have passed those messages to the relevant parties, and I'd emphasize and say that our response is not limited geographically", Conricus said in a briefing to reporters Saturday morning.

The Defense Ministry's liaison to the Palestinians said a mortar launched during the barrages struck the ambulance terminal at the Erez border crossing, the sole pedestrian passage between Gaza and Israel.

The group announced Saturday that it had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered cease fire to end the rocket fire, however, following Egyptian contact with its leadership, according to the Gaza-based Safa news site.

A spokesman for the Israeli army said more than 80 sites had been targeted in the air raids.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman recently dismissed the importance of such a truce, commenting earlier in the week, "I do not believe in any arrangement with Hamas".

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Confrontations between Gaza and Israel began escalating in late March after Palestinians launched a campaign of weekly Friday protests against Israel.

More than 210 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces ever since anti-occupation protest rallies began in the Gaza Strip on March 30.

Thousands of Palestinian demonstrators have come out for 31 weeks to denounce the blockade of the Gaza Strip and call for the right of return of Palestinian refugees to the homes, from which they and their families were displaced during the establishment of the state of Israel.

The Israeli military said dozens of protesters hurled rocks and explosives at troops who responded with "riot dispersal means" and who fired live rounds in cases when there was a direct threat to life.

About 2 million Palestinians are packed into the Gaza Strip, which is in a deep economic crisis.

Throughout the seven-year war, Israel has already carried out scores of airstrikes in Syria, mostly against suspected Iranian weapons shipments to Hezbollah but also against the Iranians themselves. One Israeli soldier was shot dead by a sniper on the border.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a rare visit to Oman on Friday.

These demonstrations take place each Friday, regularly sending massive amounts of thick smoke into the Israeli communities nearby, as Palestinians burn tires along the border and send incendiary devices affixed to balloons into Israel to spark fires.

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