Israeli jets & helicopters strike 25 ‘Hamas military targets’ in Gaza

Hugh Fox
May 30, 2018

More than 110 Palestinians have been killed as Israeli troops used live fire to prevent a breach of the border fence. Late Tuesday a spokesman for Jihad said a ceasefire agreement had been reached to restore calm, though the Israeli army declined to comment on the claim.

Hamas is a political organization with an armed division that governs the Gaza territories.

The flare-up is the biggest since Israel and Hamas, the militant Islamist faction that rules Gaza, fought a 50-day war in 2014.

The Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad announced Wednesday morning they reached a ceasefire agreement with Israel to return to Operation Protective Edge in 2014 outline.

"It all depends on Hamas", Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said in a separate interview with the radio.

In 2015, Israel's Economy Ministry reported on a significant increase in trade between the two countries, which then stood at about $500 million annually.

On Sunday, an Israeli tank fired on a Islamic Jihad observation post and killed three people, according to Al Jazeera.

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Smoke rises following an Israeli strikes on Gaza City, early Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Israeli soldiers stand guard next to an Israeli Iron Dome defence system, created to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, deployed along the fence with the Gaza strip on May 29, 2018. No children were present at the time. A large number of the projectiles launched from Gaza failed to clear the border and thus were not included in the military's figure.

The United States called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the attack on Israel.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.

Kuwait has circulated a draft UN Security Council resolution on setting up an worldwide protection mission for Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged a forceful response to the barrage of mortar shells fired.

Shortly after he spoke, Israel's military began its airstrikes. But after Hamas wrested power over the strip more than a decade ago, Israel imposed a land and sea blockade on the enclave.

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Israel said some 70 rockets and mortar bombs were fired from Gaza at its southland. The Israeli military said some of the mortar rounds were supplied by Iran.

The Israeli military bombed numerous militant sites in Gaza overnight after Palestinian militants shot dozens of mortar shells toward Israel on Tuesday morning, with several of them hitting Southern Israel, including a kindergarten building that was empty at the time.

He told AFP that Gaza's rulers Hamas were also committed to it, though there was no immediate confirmation from Hamas or Israel. At least seven bases of Hamas and Islamic Jihad were struck.

"The Israeli occupation bears full responsibility for any upcoming escalation".

Palestinians and their supporters say most of the protesters were unarmed civilians and Israel was using excessive force against them. "Fifteen boats attempted to cross more than nine nautical miles (16.7km) but met open fire by Israeli forces".

The confrontation followed weeks of deadly demonstrations and clashes along the Gaza-Israel border.

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