Published: Sat, May 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Israel Responds to Multiple Rockets Fired From Gaza, Intercepts 'Dozens'

Israel Responds to Multiple Rockets Fired From Gaza, Intercepts 'Dozens'

Palestinian militants fired a barrage of rockets toward Israeli cities and villages on Saturday, drawing airstrikes from Israeli aircraft, the Israeli military said.

Smoke plumes rising following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on 14 July 2018.

Gaza health officials said one Palestinian was killed and at least two others wounded in Israeli strikes on Saturday.

Earlier on Thursday, Israeli warplanes targeted several Hamas positions in the northern part of the Strip in response to the alleged launch of incendiary balloons from the besieged enclave, the Israeli army said.

There were no casualties reported after the rocket fire on Saturday morning, the Israeli army said.

The Health Ministry in Gaza confirmed the deaths, saying that two of the Palestinians had been shot dead, while the two Hamas fighters were killed in an airstrike.

The latest events occurred as high-level Hamas and Islamic Jihad delegations visited Cairo for talks with Egyptian intelligence officials about the situation on the border.

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Israel says the tight blockade is needed to stop weapons reaching Gaza.

In Israel, the recent elections, which saw Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu securing a fifth term as leader, the continual flare-ups and rocket fire with Gaza was a central issue.

Israel and Egypt have maintained a crippling blockade on Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007.

The ceasefire has seen Israel allow Qatar provide millions of dollars in aid to Gaza to pay salaries and to finance fuel purchases to ease a severe electricity shortage. Two of those killed were said to be Hamas militants. The announcement also said Hamas is committed to the protection of their people and the continuation of the March of Return.

More than 200 Gazans have been killed by Israeli troops since the "Great March of Return" started on March 30 past year, according to Gaza health officials. Another two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire at the fence.

Israel accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to carry out attacks.

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