Gaza pounded by Israeli air strikes after rocket barrage

Gaza pounded by Israeli air strikes after rocket barrage

Gaza pounded by Israeli air strikes after rocket barrage

The remarks were echoed by a top Israeli lawmaker, suggesting a possible breakthrough after four months of confrontations and clashes that stirred mutual threats of war.

"This is a blatant crime and Israel is responsible for it", he said.

At least seven Israelis were injured by the rocket fire, including three in the border town of.

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.

At least three Palestinians, including a pregnant woman and her 18-month-old child, were killed by Israeli air attacks and artillery shelling on the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

A Hamas source told AFP that all groups in Gaza have halted their fire at Israel, claiming that the rockets were in response to Israeli attacks earlier this week.

Mladenov warned "if the current escalation, however, is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

More than 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the Great March of Return protests were launched at the end of March.

At least 158 Palestinians have died and thousands injured since the protests began.

Several people in Israel have been hurt by the rocket attacks, local media say. The UN has also urged both sides to come back from the brink.

The gathering had raised hopes a deal for a lasting truce with Israel, with the backing of Egypt and the United Nations.

"Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman reassured the mayor of Sderot and the heads of the regional councils in the vicinity of the Gaza border that "we will do what needs to be done" to restore calm to region".

The western media coverage on Palestine and Israel has been a point of contention for years now especially in the United Kingdom, with many media outlets accused of being biased toward Israel, including the BBC and their failure to report the Palestinian side of the struggle.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off a trip to Colombia this week to attend to the Gaza truce talks and was due to meet with security chiefs for late-night consultations. Israel, however, appears to be learning more toward a quid pro quo agreement with Hamas instead of a comprehensive cease-fire, as past resolutions have often crumbled.

On Thursday, hours before the Palestinian official announced that the violence had ended, a senior Israeli military official said that the army was "nearing war with Gaza" and would evacuate Israelis living in communities adjacent to the border if necessary. Eight Palestinian civilians were also wounded. The husband worked at occasional job, the neighbor said.

The Gaza Health Ministry said that a Hamas fighter and the two civilians were killed in separate incidents.

The Swedes were all activists from the "Ship to Gaza" group who were attempting to break Israel's blockade and bring supplies including medical equipment to Gaza, while the remaining five people on the boat included three crew members from Canada, France and Germany, and two British journalists.

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