Jerusalem BLASTS TARGETS in Gaza After 'Shooting Incident — ISRAEL UNLEASHED
21 July, 2018, 16:45 | Author: Rachel Logan
At least 120 Gazans were wounded.
The tactic has become popular during the months-long Gaza border protests, known as The Great March of Return, in which Israeli security forces have killed more than 140 Palestinians.
Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza on Friday, killing at least four Palestinians, after gunmen killed an Israeli soldier near the border, officials said.
"With Egyptian and United Nations efforts it has been agreed to return to the era of calm between (Israel) and Palestinian factions", Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Reuters. "We hope it lasts".
Israel and Hamas have agreed to restore calm in the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for Hamas, the group that rules the blockaded Gaza Strip, said on Saturday.
"The targets included weapon manufacturing sites, a shaft to a tunnel network, a factory used for underground infrastructure manufacturing, a UAV warehouse, military operations room, training facilities, and observation posts", the IDF statement said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and his defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, arrived at military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Friday night for emergency meetings with top officials, a highly unusual event for the start of Sabbath.
"If Hamas continues to fire rockets then Israel will respond in a much tougher way than they think", Mr Lieberman said in a statement.
"Everyone in Gaza needs to step back from the brink", tweeted U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov, who is among those attempting to broker a cease-fire. Not next week. Not tomorrow.
Relatives of killed Hamas member Mohamed Abu Daqa react and mourn during his funeral in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who holds little sway over Hamas, called for worldwide intervention to prevent an escalation of the violence, his office said.
The Israeli military says that the airstrikes were made in response to gunfire exchange between Hamas fighters and Israeli troops earlier in the day.
Israeli politicians have been calling for a fierce response to the kites and balloons, which have caused damage amounting to millions of shekels (hundreds of thousands of dollars).
A third man was killed by Israeli fire east of Rafah, also in southern Gaza, the ministry said.
Protesters are demanding the "right of return" to their homes and villages in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.
Israel did not confirm the deal announced by Gaza's Islamist rulers, which went into effect around midnight Friday reducing fears of a wider conflict.
Israel says Hamas has been orchestrating the demonstrations to provide cover for militants' cross-border attacks, something Hamas denies.
A fourth man named as Mohammed Badwan was later shot dead by Israeli forces during protests along the border, Gaza's health ministry said.
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