Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Pause In Palestinian Rocket Attacks, Israeli Airstrikes, Amid Unofficial Cease-Fire

Pause In Palestinian Rocket Attacks, Israeli Airstrikes, Amid Unofficial Cease-Fire

It said other targets included "sheds of drones", a rocket manufacturing workshop, naval weaponry, military and training facilities and a munitions manufacturing site.

Most of the rockets and mortars were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome aerial defense system.

Three Israeli soldiers were wounded.

Rockets are fired from inside the Gaza strip towards Israel on the sixth day of Israel's operation "Protective Edge" on July 13, 2014.

Israel's military has said it was not seeking an escalation, but warned Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, to rein in its fighters.

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 sources said: "Our military wing has picked up the struggle and we want to let our leaders know that all options are on the table".

Hamas political bureau official Khalil al-Haya stated today that the Palestinian factions would be committed to the ceasefire as long as Israel was in compliance as well.

"After the resistance succeeded in confronting the (Israeli) aggression. there was a lot of mediation in the past hours", al-Hayya said late on Tuesday.

"Israel will make (Hamas) pay for all fire against Israel".

Meanwhile, the U-N Security Council will meet on Wednesday at the request of the U-S to discuss Palestinian mortar and rocket attacks on Israel.

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The overnight Hamas rocket fire reached the city of Netivot for the first time since the 2014 war. At least seven bases of Hamas and Islamic Jihad were struck.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the country's army would "respond to these attacks powerfully".

Naftali Bennett rejected reports on Arab media of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and said Iran was the head of the terrorist "octopus".

On Wednesday, a Palestinian shot by Israeli forces during recent protests on the border died of his wounds, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

A Hamas spokesman defended Tuesday's attacks as a "natural response to Israeli crimes".

Israeli authorities reported that rockets had caused some damage to communities near the Gaza border, including a direct hit on a residential home and another in the southern Israeli town of Netivot. Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled for several years and Israeli settlements in the occupied territories have expanded. "This referral is Palestine's test to the worldwide mechanism of accountability and respect for global law".

The Gaza Strip has also been under an inhumane Israeli siege since 2007.

Separately, council diplomats are negotiating a draft resolution, put forward by Kuwait, that calls for an "international protection mission" to be deployed for the Palestinians.

The council could hold a vote, possibly on Thursday, on the draft resolution that is expected to face a USA veto, the diplomats said. Other estimates listed the number as high as 130.

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