Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Rocket fired on Israel from Gaza: Israeli army

Rocket fired on Israel from Gaza: Israeli army

The caption for the award-winning image states: "Palestinian Saber Al-Ashkar, 29, hurls rocks during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip, east of Gaza City, on May 11, 2018, as Palestinians demonstrate for the right to return to their historic homeland in what is now Israel". The Gaza Health Ministry said a 25-year-old militant was killed inside one of the posts targeted.

The Israeli army said it nonetheless held Hamas ultimately responsible for the rocket attack and retaliated with airstrikes on some 20 targets throughout the Strip.

Four Israeli tanker trucks had delivered fuel to Gaza on Friday morning before "an outburst of violence", Lieberman said.

The rocket attack on Beersheba was the first in months and the first that hit an Israeli home there since the 2014 summer war between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers.

"We are not prepared to accept the level of violence we see week after week", Avigdor Lieberman told troops and commanders at an army base near southern Israel's border with Gaza.

Medics said that five people, including a mother and her three children, were being treated for shock and anxiety after the rocket exploded in the backyard their home in Beersheba.

The airstrike comes a day after 24 Palestinians were reported wounded by live Israeli military fire on Monday during clashes near the Gaza border. The recent disturbances on the Israeli-Gaza border have been caused by continued shelling and the launch of arson balloons by Hamas militants into Israeli territories.

Following the rocket attack, schools were closed in Beersheba and in the communities immediately surrounding the Gaza Strip and residents of the Gaza periphery were barred from holding gatherings of more than 300 people outdoors and 500 people indoors.

"We reject all irresponsible attempts that try to change the direction and sabotage the Egyptian efforts, including the overnight firing of the rocket", they said.

The head of Egyptian military intelligence, Abbas Kamel, is scheduled to visit Gaza this week to renew high-level cease-fire talks.

On a related note, FOX News continues to misreport the staging of Hamas's recurring assaults on Israel as a "protest" against "the Israeli blockade" - the blockade that is meant to prevent terrorists from obtaining the tools of their trade.

Additionally, an investigation by the IDF found that Palestinian protesters had "detonated a large explosive device" near a border fence. Over the weekend, Israel halted Qatari-donated fuel shipments to Gaza's power plant in response to escalating violence.

At the same time, the terror group stepped up its efforts to infiltrate Israel and to abduct Israeli soldiers or citizens, while continuing the digging of terror tunnels under the border with Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened "very painful blows", saying Israel was very close to waging a "different kind of activity".

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