3 dead, 11 injured in rocket launches, airstrikes in Israel and Gaza

3 dead, 11 injured in rocket launches, airstrikes in Israel and Gaza

3 dead, 11 injured in rocket launches, airstrikes in Israel and Gaza

In return for calm in Gaza, Israeli officials said on Sunday they would reopen a commercial border terminal that had been shuttered in response to damage caused by fires set by burning Palestinian kites and balloons lofted over the frontier.

"We don't see the end of the escalation". This will have a 6 m-high fence on top and sensors to alert operators of any suspicious activity.

For its part, Hamas demands that Israel free Palestinian security prisoners - a proposal that Netanyahu's far-right coalition partners balk at. "Hamas will lose another strategic ability, in which it invested large sums".

Israeli media said officials were considering evacuating residents from areas near the Gaza border.

The Ministerial Committee on National Security Affairs (security cabinet) meeting ended Thursday night after four hours of discussing the situation in Gaza.

A senior IDF officer told Army Radio on Thursday morning that he saw a new full-scale war with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as inevitable. Following the barrages throughout the night, the IAF struck over 100 terror targets including a plant used to manufacture components intended for the construction of tunnels as well as a tunnel for maritime terrorism along Israel's coast.

Enas Khammash, 23, and her 18-month daughter Bayan were killed in an airstrike in Jafarawi in central Gaza, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled strip said, while her husband was injured.

Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations' humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, in a news release called Israel's restriction of fuel imports "a unsafe practice, with grave consequences on the rights of people in Gaza".

TEL AVIV-Israel's military said militants from Gaza fired at least 180 rockets and mortars into Israel, prompting it to launch a wave of overnight airstrikes and dimming the prospects of a long-term truce.

The Israeli military, apparently referring to the same incident, said it returned fire after soldiers were fired upon from a Hamas post in the northern Gaza Strip, near the border with Israel.

A Hamas militant was also killed in the strikes and at least 12 others injured, the health ministry said.

In a written statement, the Ezzeddin Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The UN has warned that Gaza would be "unlivable" by 2020 if Israel's decade-old blockade of the Strip continues.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic terror group seized control of Gaza in 2007.

Both the United Nations and Egypt have not publicly discussed their plans for a renewed Gaza ceasefire, but have said it would bring economic relief to Gaza's two million residents experiencing shortages under crippling blockades.

At least two Israelis were hurt by the rockets, rescue services said.

Gazans have held weekly protests against Israel at camps on the border since March 30, some of which have become violent.

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