Israel fires on Gaza after Palestinian militants launch 90 rockets

Israel pounds Hamas strongholds in Gaza hours after Palestinian militants blast 90 rockets over border – leaving month-long ceasefire in ruins

  • Israeli Defence Force said in a statement today that 10 militant sites had been targeted by their air strikes 
  • The flare-up began on Friday when Gaza militants shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers, causing a backlash
  • Police said house near the Israeli city of Ashkelon close to the Gaza border was damaged, but no one was hurt 

Gaza’s militant strongholds have come under fire from Israeli troops after their country suffered a flurry of more than 90 rockets sent by Palestinian dissidents which saw the month-long ceasefire collapse. 

The Israeli Defence Force said in a statement today that 10 sites belonging to the territory’s Hamas rulers and the smaller Islamic Jihad group were hit by air strikes.  

The flare-up began on Friday when militants in Gaza shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers which triggered a military backlash that killed four Palestinians including two Hamas militants. 

Gaza’s militant strongholds have come under fire (fireball pictured) from Israeli troops today in after they launched more than 90 rockets into southern Israel

A picture taken from the southern Israeli village of Netiv Haasara shows an explosion caused by an Israeli air strike across the border in the Gaza Strip

A missile fired from Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells races towards Gaza

And today sirens in southern Israel wailed and citizens sprinted for cover as rockets rained down on the Middle East country.   

Police said a house near the Israeli city of Ashkelon close to the Gaza border was damaged, but no one was hurt. 

A Gazan security source said that a series of Israeli strikes hit at least three separate areas of the Strip and that three ‘resistance fighters’ were wounded as the health ministry reported one death. 

Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders are in Cairo to bolster a fraying deal that was hoped to achieve a long-term cease-fire in Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was planning to hold consultations with security chiefs, a spokesman said.

A statement from Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, allied to Hamas, claimed responsibility for at least some of the rocket fire and said it was prepared for more if necessary.

A source in the group said Egypt was engaged in discussions to calm the situation, as it has done repeatedly in the past. 

 A statement from Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, allied to Hamas, claimed responsibility for at least some of the rocket fire and said it was prepared for more if necessary (pictured, rocket fired from Gaza towards Israel)

Police said a house near the Israeli city of Ashkelon close to the Gaza border was damaged, but no one was hurt

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas brokered by Egypt and the United Nations had led to relative calm around Israel’s April 9 general election.

But on Tuesday, Israel reduced the offshore fishing limit it imposes for vessels operating out of Gaza after a rocket was fired from the territory.

Israel’s army blamed Islamic Jihad for the rocket, which fell into the Mediterranean.

On Thursday, Israel said its aircraft struck a Hamas military compound after balloons carrying firebombs and explosives were launched across the border.

Palestinians in Gaza have frequently fitted balloons with firebombs in a bid to damage Israeli property and have in the past succeeded in setting fire to large areas of farmland.

Mourners carry the body of 22-year-old Palestinian Emad Nasser, who was killed during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence

Members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades carry the dead body of Palestinian Abdullah Ebu Melluh, 33, who was killed by Israeli army’s air strike

A Gazan security source said that a series of Israeli strikes hit at least three separate areas of the Strip and that three ‘resistance fighters’ were wounded as the health ministry reported one death

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