Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza After Hamas Launches Rocket Attacks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in meeting discussing the situation in Gaza with Defense Minister

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"The Israeli government and the US administration are responsible for the escalations in the Gaza Strip and for the continuation of the 11-year-long blockade [of Gaza]", government spokesman Yousuf al-Mahmoud said in the statement.

In an interview with Channel 10 news, Barak also harshly criticizes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his handling of the uptick in violence since yesterday.

Human rights groups have accused Israeli troops of using excessive force at the protests, but the military said they only opened fire in self-defence or on people trying to infiltrate its territory.

Israel initially said the two fighters were shooting at Israeli soldiers, but Hamas said they were involved in a training exercise that senior officials were attending.

Sirens were sounded in several Israeli areas close to the border with Gaza, warning residents to seek immediate shelter, the Israeli army said.

However, several houses and factories were damaged in Israeli communities by the impact of the rockets.

"This is the only barrier of its kind in the world, which will in effect block the possibility of infiltration of Israel from Gaza via the sea", Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman stated at the end of May.

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Israeli forces have launched three military assaults on the Gaza Strip since 2008. That was followed by the rocket fire and then the Israeli strikes.

Smoke plumes and fireballs could be seen over the Gaza Strip as the strikes were being carried out. At least five other civilians were also wounded.

A senior military source said that he believes the attacks will continue and that if necessary Israeli villages and towns will be evacuated. "If the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people". Israel has imposed a crippling 11-year blockade on the Gaza Strip in response, during which time it has waged three wars in Gaza, most recently in 2014. Following the barrages throughout the night, the IAF struck over 100 terror targets including a plant used to manufacture components intended for the construction of tunnels as well as a tunnel for maritime terrorism along Israel's coast.

Last week, the Ministry of Health in Gaza issued statistics regarding the number of killed and injured Palestinian protesters during "The Great March of Return" protests since March 30th until the end of July.

Israeli forces said in a statement about 150 rockets were fired from Gaza and at least 25 had been intercepted. An Israeli soldier was killed by a Gaza sniper during this period.

"We can say that actions led by the United Nations and Egypt are in advanced stages and we hope it could yield some good from them", he said. Support UN/Egypt efforts to restore calm and agree ceasefire.

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