Israeli jets carry out strikes in Gaza

21/6/18

Exchange of Israeli air raids and Palestinian rockets over Gaza border has been one of most intense in recent weeks; The Israeli military said 45 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israeli territory from across the Gaza border [Anadolu]

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Israeli jets have attacked 25 targets linked to Hamas in the Gaza Strip, after the group launched rockets and mortar shells at Israeli territory, the military said.

Three Palestinians were lightly injured during the attacks in the early hours of Wednesday, residents said. The exchange was one of the most intense recent barrages of rocket fire and air strikes.

No casualties were reported in Israel. Air raid sirens and Israeli phone warning applications sounded throughout the predawn hours.

The Israeli military said 45 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israeli territory and said its Iron Dome anti-missile shield intercepted seven rockets.

While Hamas praised the rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel on Wednesday, it did not take responsibility for them.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said it was time for new rules of engagement, where “bombing is met with bombing”.

“It’s the Israeli occupation that started the escalation.The resistance has warned against continuing to target civilians, fishermen, farmers, and resistance positions.

“It’s time to … present new rules of engagement: bombing is met with bombing. Whoever began the escalation should be responsible for the consequences.

“The resistance is not interested in a new war at all, but we always want to defend the Palestinian people.

“The peaceful demonstrations in all forms will continue on the eastern border and the Palestinian resistance will be ready to protect Palestinian civilians and defend them.”

Palestinian rocket fire came hours after the Israeli military said it struck Hamas infrastructure in response to “arson balloons” launched from Gaza into Israel.

Israel has carried out air raids in the Gaza Strip over the past few weeks, saying it was retaliating for Palestinians setting fire to Israeli land. In recent weeks, Palestinian protesters have used flaming objects attached to kites to set fire to agricultural land just over the border fence with Israel.

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