Rocket sirens wail across southern Israel as IDF strikes Gaza

Rocket sirens wail across southern Israel as IDF strikes Gaza

Rocket sirens wail across southern Israel as IDF strikes Gaza

In May, more than 100 rockets were launched from Gaza in the worst escalation since 2014, where Israeli troops invaded Gaza, resulting in mass casualties.

Three Israelis were also injured from the strikes, none of which are believed to be serious. I utterly condemn the ongoing rocket salvo from Hamas that has wounded more than 11 Israelis.

At least two Palestinians were wounded in raids aimed targeting a Hamas base in the southern Gaza Strip, the enclave's health ministry said.

Hamas wants an Israeli-Egyptian border blockade to be lifted, while Israel is demanding an end to the rocket attacks, border protests and the launching of incendiary balloons over the border.

Sirens were sounded in several Israeli areas close to the border with Gaza, warning residents to seek immediate shelter, the Israeli army said.

US Envoy Jason Greenblatt who has been involved in peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine, pointed a finger squarely at Hamas for the escalation of violence.

Israel's rescue service Magen David Adom said three Israelis, including two men ages 34 and 20, were taken to a hospital for treatment.

The exchange came amid continued attempts by Egypt to broker a broad cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas.

Of course, while Israeli news was playing up pictures of scorched doors, broken windows and shrapnel pocked walls, Gaza had its own videos and pictures to share showing damage from the much more powerful Israeli strikes, which killed at least three people, including a pregnant woman and her infant daughter, according to Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry.

The escalation comes after the Hamas leadership convened for a rare meeting in Gaza on Friday.

Hamas military wing, Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, identified the victims of Tuesday's Israeli strike as Ahmed Murjan and Abdel-Hafez al-Silawi.

The IDF has said it intends to deploy additional Iron Dome batteries in southern Israel following assessments that Hamas might expand the range of rocket fire. "We are reinforcing the southern command and Gaza division".

"We can say that actions led by the United Nations and Egypt are in advanced stages and we hope it could yield some good from them", Khalil Al-Hayya, deputy Hamas chief in Gaza, told Al Jazeera television.

The demonstrations have been fueled in large part by pervasive despair caused by the blockade that has caused widespread economic hardship and left the coastal territory with crippling fuel shortages and just a few hours of electricity a day.

Israeli forces said in a statement about 150 rockets were fired from Gaza and at least 25 had been intercepted.

One Israeli soldier had also been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.

Last week, the Ministry of Health in Gaza issued statistics regarding the number of killed and injured Palestinian protesters during "The Great March of Return" protests since March 30th until the end of July. Our strong commitment to the State of Israel's right to defend its borders and civilians is uncompromising.

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