Israel hits dozens of Gaza targets after mortar barrage

Israel hits dozens of Gaza targets after mortar barrage

Israel hits dozens of Gaza targets after mortar barrage

It said other targets included "sheds of drones", a rocket manufacturing workshop, naval weaponry, military and training facilities and a munitions manufacturing site.

Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired dozens of mortars at Israel in the heaviest such barrage in years. There were reports of three israeli soldiers injured by shrapnel while no official figures were given on any palestinian casualties.

Violence has soared along the Gaza frontier in recent weeks, during which 116 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire at mass demonstrations calling for Palestinians' right to return to ancestral lands now in Israel.

Late on Tuesday, a spokesman for Islamic Jihad said a ceasefire agreement had been reached to restore calm, although the Israeli army declined to comment.

Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad militant issued a joint statement Tuesday, claiming shared responsibility for firing rockets and projectiles against Israeli communities near Gaza.

An Israeli official said however, it would be prepared to launch a strike if the terrorist groups resume attacks.

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

Bennett said that Israel would not allow Hamas to take advantage of so-called ceasefires to regroup and reinforce its troops as was the case in 2014 during Operation Protective Edge. "Mortars fired by Palestinian militants hit civilian infrastructure, including a kindergarten".

They peaked on May 14, when at least 61 Palestinians were killed in clashes as tens of thousands of Gazans protested the USA transfer of its embassy in Israel to the disputed city of Jerusalem the same day.

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"The fact that the Security Council is holding a discussion on Hamas attacks against Israeli citizens is a positive step".

Early Tuesday, some 28 mortar shells were fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip. At least one base belonging to Hamas and four for Islamic Jihad, an allied group, were struck, Gazan security sources said.

Israeli military planes carried out several airstrikes targeting military sites in the central Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Italian Disarmament Network, in 2014, Italy was the European Union's leading arms exporter to Israel and maintains strong collaboration on military research and intelligence activities.

Organizers of the Palestinian border protests launched a boat from Gaza on Tuesday in a challenge to Israel's maritime blockade of the enclave.

He called on all sides to uphold all understandings and prevent the recurrence of any incidents that jeopardize the lives of Israelis and Palestinians alike.

But the protests appear to be fueled primarily by a desire to ease the blockade. At least 122 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the unrest.

Hamas forcibly wrested control of Gaza from the rival Fatah party in 2007 after winning legislative elections, triggering an Israeli-Egyptian blockade that has severely restricted the movement of most of Gaza's inhabitants.

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