Gaza rocket hits home in Israel, military strikes back

Postado Outubro 17, 2018

The airstrike comes a day after 24 Palestinians were reported wounded by live Israeli military fire on Monday during clashes near the Gaza border.

The image was taken in an area that was "very unsafe and hard to access", noted Thomas Coex, AFP's chief photographer for Israel and the Palestinian Territories, France 24 added.

Israeli warplanes pounded the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday after two rockets from the Palestinian territory hit an Israeli city, in a blow to efforts to avert a new war.

The annual awards are given to acknowledge outstanding work in the fields of photo, print, radio and television journalism. Seven Palestinians were killed, including four who were shot while approaching a military position inside Israeli territory.

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered the closure of both of Israel's border crossings with Gaza following the rocket attack.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad denied responsibility for the rocket fire, issuing an official joint statement hours after the attack that said, "The Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Factions lauds the efforts exerted by Egypt to serve the Palestinians their legitimate demands, and we reject any other attempt to undermine the Egyptian endeavors, including the launch of a rockets took place last night".

Another rocket from Gaza struck a beach near one of Israel's larger cities.

The military wing of the Mujahideen Movement in Palestine (MMP) says one of their fighters, 25-year-old Naji Al Zaanin, was killed in an Israeli strike in the north of Gaza.

Many people in Gaza awoke to the sounds of explosions.

The head of Egyptian military intelligence, Abbas Kamel, is scheduled to visit Gaza this week to renew high-level cease-fire talks.

A Palestinian source said Egyptian officials in Gaza have been in touch with Israel to try to avoid further escalation.

"We are not prepared to accept the level of violence we see week after week", Mr Lieberman told troops and commanders at an army base near southern Israel's border with Hamas-ruled Gaza. Palestinians have launched incendiary balloons and kites into Israel and on occasion breached an Israeli frontier fence.

Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005 but maintains tight control of its land and sea borders, citing security concerns.

He also suspended shipments of fuel that had been trucked daily into Gaza over the previous week under a deal brokered by the UN and backed by the United States, Israel and others. Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza, fought a war in 2014. The internationally-mediated peace process aimed at finding a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is all but moribund.