Israel strikes Gaza, Hamas fires rockets

Israel strikes Gaza, Hamas fires rockets

According to witnesses in Gaza, there were no casualties from the air strikes, which damaged Hamas military infrastructure.

Shortly after the reports of the strikes, rocket sirens went off in several Israeli communities including Sdot Hanegev, Shaar Hanegev, Eshkol, Hof Ashkelon Regional Councils, and Sderot.

Fifteen people have been wounded across Gaza, the ministry said.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said the military had warned people before the attack to leave the area.

An Israeli soldier was also moderately wounded when a grenade was thrown at him from the northern Gaza Strip, the military said.

It said it fired toward a Palestinian who was attempting to infiltrate Israeli territory, but the incident appeared to be unrelated to the death of the teenager. Israel said at least six of the projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system.

In response, the Israeli military conducted an airstrike against a group of Palestinians it said was launching incendiary balloons toward Israel from the southern Gaza Strip, east of the city of Rafah.

More than 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the protests.

It said targets included "complexes used to prepare arson terror attacks and a Hamas terror training facility".

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Even as the airstrikes were being carried out, the IDF said rockets were fired toward Israel.

A 20-year-old struck by gunfire Friday during the protests in the southern Gaza Strip had also died of his wounds. the ministry said, while a further 220 Palestinians were wounded in protests along the frontier.

Israel said around 100 rockets and mortars were fired, mostly mortars.

On May 14, Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinians who had gathered near the Gaza fence to protest the inauguration of the USA embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds.

"Hamas wants to force the Israeli regime to stop and discontinue its attacks against the Gaza Strip through making swift and appropriate response to the aggression", Barhoum further said, adding that defending the Palestinian people and cause is what the whole Arab nation wants and is a strategic option for the resistance.
According to the sources, the Egyptians warned the Hamas officials that a military confrontation would have a serious and negative impact on worldwide efforts to improve the living conditions of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The sources confirmed that the Egyptian authorities were in contact with Hamas and Israel to avoid an all-out military confrontation following the spate of rocket and mortar attacks on Israel over the weekend.

The majority of those killed were involved in protests and clashes but others were seeking to breach or damage the border fence.

Israel's army said grenades, Molotov cocktails, flaming tyres and stones have been hurled in the direction of its soldiers, one of whom was injured by a grenade.

Palestinians in Gaza have been rallying every Friday since March 30 as a part of a peaceful campaign known as the Great March of Return. "We are prepared for a prolonged confrontation if the aggression [on the Gaza Strip] continues".

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