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New Israeli strike in Gaza City wounds 18: ministry

10 August 2018

Those killed in the Gaza Strip included Enas Khammash, 23, and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan, according to the Health Ministry in the Hamas-controlled enclave.

Israelis and Palestinians should unite against the deadly threat of Hamas, said U.S. Mideast peace envoy Jason Greenblatt in an op-ed published Friday on CNN.

Angry that major media outlets are highlighting the fact that its latest wave of bombings killed a pregnant woman and her young child, the Israeli government has begun openly pressuring news outlets that dare to report its war crimes accurately.

Abu Mujahed, spokesman of the Popular Resistance Committee, a smaller faction in Gaza, said on his Facebook page: "Upon Egyptian and worldwide efforts, a ceasefire between Palestinian resistance began conditional on the commitment of the occupation".

The Israeli military said its aircraft had struck more than 150 Hamas targets overnight, while more than 180 Palestinian rockets and mortars hit southern Israel.

The Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said paramedic Abdullah al-Qatiti was killed during the clashes. According to the Jerusalem Post, more than 200 rockets and mortars were launched since August 8, leaving 28 Israelis injured.

Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip, agreed on a truce on Thursday, two Palestinian officials said, an agreement that would end an escalation in fighting that has drawn mutual threats of war.

After four hours of discussion about the escalation in the south and the hard situation in which Israelis there are living, Israel's Ministerial Committee on National Security instructed the IDF to "continue to act with force against terrorist elements".

Medics reported at least four wounded taken to Israeli hospitals, including a seriously injured 30-year-old Thai woman.

"Factions of the resistance consider this round of escalation over as far as we are concerned, and the continuation of calm depends on the behaviour of the occupation", the Palestinian official said, using militant groups' term for Israel. Those have hit a stumbling block as Hamas is insisting that the release include all prisoners who were part of a 2011 prisoner exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit but have since been rearrested, according to Palestinian officials, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the talks.

Gaza militants had earlier Thursday declared a halt to rocket fire and the lack of a strong response to the strike on the building later in the day suggested they were returning to it.

"We urge the Palestinians and the Israelis to display restraint and to take measures towards ruling out the relapses of violence with unpredictable aftermaths", Zakharova said. The military says they targeted more than 150 Hamas militant targets in the Gaza strip. The military said that the Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted at least 30 rockets and the majority landed in open areas.

Rocket sirens were still sounding in Israeli neighborhoods on Wednesday evening, while strikes in Gaza continued.

Palestinians look at damage at the site of an Israeli air strike in Al-Mughraqa on the outskirts of Gaza City, Aug. 9, 2018. Large turnout at the protests has also been driven by widespread desperation in Gaza, amid worsening conditions linked to the blockade.

On Wednesday, the Israeli military shelled the Palestinian territory after civilians working on the Gaza border fence came under fire.

Mladenov warned that "if the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

New Israeli strike in Gaza City wounds 18: ministry