Israel bombs Gaza after Palestinian militants fire rockets

Saul Bowman
October 28, 2018

"Iron Dome has so far intercepted 10, saving many lives", he said.

The resolution called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to make proposals within 60 days "on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection, and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation", including "recommendations regarding an global protection mechanism".

Israel launched air strikes early on Saturday at several places in Gaza in response to over a dozen rockets it said were fired toward the country.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and other top security officials on Saturday.

Israeli fighter jets struck a four-story building which the IDF said was serving as the new headquarters of Hamas' General Security Services in Gaza City's Daraj neighborhood.

Around the same time that the PIJ announced the ceasefire, Israel said it struck eight PIJ targets in the coastal enclave.

Troops responded with "riot dispersal means", a spokesman added.

Three of the dead were reported in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

A fifth died when a hand grenade he was holding exploded accidentally, witnesses said.

At least 213 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since the protests began, according to figures collated by AFP.

Gaza's Ministry of Health, meanwhile, said that air strikes had targeted the perimeter of the Indonesian Hospital in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, causing material damages to the building.

An Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper.

Palestinians have been protesting along the frontier since March 30, demanding an end to an Israeli blockade and the right to return to lands from which they fled or were driven when Israel was founded in 1948.

"More rockets from Gaza into Israel".

The report comes after Egypt and the United Nations exerted pressure on Israel to restore calm between the IDF and Hamas.

The fresh violence could also scupper hopes of a deal to end the months of protests.

A Hamas official said late Friday Egypt was again seeking to negotiate a return to calm.

Last week, a rocket fired from Gaza hit an Israeli home, narrowly avoiding killing a family.

Another IDF spokesman, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, said the rocket strikes were ordered by operatives from the overseas branch of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps stationed in Syria and warned Israel may not limit its response to Gaza.

Although Islamic Jihad often acts independently of Hamas, Israel holds Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, responsible for all fire emanating from the territory.

It also called for "immediate steps towards ending the closure and the restrictions imposed by Israel on movement and access into and out of the Gaza Strip".

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