Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Israeli army strikes Gaza in response to rockets hitting city of Sderot

Israeli army strikes Gaza in response to rockets hitting city of Sderot

At least four wounded residents were taken to Israeli hospitals, including a 30-year-old Thai woman in moderate to severe condition.

The Gaza Health Ministry say pregnant 23-year-old Enas Khammash and her 18-month daughter were killed in Jafarawi in central Gaza.

Gaza's Health Ministry said three Palestinians were slightly injured in the strikes.

The rocket fire also comes as a senior Hamas official said United Nations and Egyptian mediated ceasefire talks between the terror group and Israel have reached "advanced stages" and a deal was expected to be signed soon.

The strikes come in retaliation for a six-hour barrage of rockets which forced thousands of Israelis to seek shelter along Gaza border towns.

Smoke plumes rising following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City, on August 8, 2018.

Earlier on Wednesday, before the rocket fire, a Hamas official said these negotiations were in "advanced stages". "The "Iron Dome" aerial defence system intercepted 11 launches, the majority of the rockets hit open areas", the IAF said on its Twitter account.

Two homes in Sderot were also reportedly hit by the shrapnel and several cars were damaged.

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A statement from the military wing of Hamas, the group that runs Gaza, claimed responsibility for the rockets.

"The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible for everything in and out of the Gaza Strip and will bear the consequences for the acts of terror perpetrated against Israeli civilians", the IDF said.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN's special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, said on Wednesday he was "deeply alarmed by the recent escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel, and particularly by today's mutiple rockets fired towards communities in southern Israel".

Yesterday, an IDF tank shelled a Hamas observation post along the Gaza border, which killed two terrorists, after an attack by Hamas snipers.

The protests call for Palestinians to be able to return to the land they or their families fled or were expelled from in the 1948 war that established the state of Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an emergency meeting of the security cabinet due to the growing tensions in the Gaza Strip which was attended by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and senior commanders.

On Wednesday night IDF fighter jets attacked 12 Hamas targets along the Gaza Strip.

Over the past four months, 158 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, including at least 120 in the protests near the fence and others in Israeli air strikes and other incidents elsewhere in Gaza, according to the Gaza Health Ministry and a local rights group.

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