Tuesday, 18 February, 2020


Hamas Wants Ceasefire After More Than 600 Rockets Fired Into Israel

House in Ashkelon hit by rocket Hamas Wants Ceasefire After More Than 600 Rockets Fired Into Israel
Bennie Garza | 06 May, 2019, 10:30

President Donald Trump assured Israel on Sunday it has Washington's full support after the Jewish state led waves of retaliatory strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to Palestinian rockets.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he instructed the military "to continue its massive strikes on terror elements in the Gaza Strip".

Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist works on setting up a Badr 3 rocket for launch, as seen in this video screen grab. We support Israel 100% in its defence of its citizens.

"To the Gazan people-these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery", he wrote.

Between Saturday morning and Sunday evening, more than 700 rockets and mortar shells were fired from Gaza at Israeli civilians living in southern communities along the border, cities in the Negev, the coastal plain, and in major cities such as Be'er Sheva, Ashkelon and Ashdod.

Palestinians check the damage in a building targeted by Israeli airstrikes on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on 5 May, 2019. In Gaza, militant groups identified eight fighters killed in Israeli strikes, while medical officials said that nine civilians also died, including a couple and their baby daughter.

The fighting comes as Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders are in Cairo trying to finalize a fragile agreement that they hoped would lead to a long-term cease-fire in Gaza.

The latest fighting broke out after Palestinian militants accused Israel of not honoring an earlier cease-fire deal from March. Israel had suspended what Palestinians call an assassination policy in an attempt to lower tensions.

Hamas confirmed Hamed Al Khoudary, a senior official in the organisation, was killed and three others seriously injured, when the vehicle they were driving in was targeted by the Israelis. "Israel has the absolute right to defend itself & the US stands by our great ally Israel". The latest round of violence began two days ago when an Islamic Jihad sniper fired at Israeli troops, wounding two soldiers, according to the Israeli military.

Israel also hosts the eagerly awaited annual Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv later this month. Israel's military said the intelligence information showed they were killed by a misfired Palestinian rocket.

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