Gaza groups warn Israel over attacks on civilian homes

Hannah Rogers
November 16, 2018

The flare-up came after a deadly Israeli special forces operation in the Gaza Strip on Sunday that led Hamas to vow revenge.

More than 300 rockets and mortars were launched from Gaza into Israel on Monday following an Israeli commando raid the previous day that left eight dead including a Hamas commander.

And at least three Palestinians were killed and 12 others were wounded after Israel launched air strikes on Gaza a day earlier.

Two Israeli soldiers have been killed in that time.

Many local residents had reportedly fled after calls to evacuate, witnesses said.

On the Israeli side of the border, Palestinian fire destroyed a bus, critically wounding one person, health officials said.

The salvoes were the fiercest since the 2014 Gaza war between Israel and Gaza.

Hamas' armed wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, said the Israeli special forces team had infiltrated near Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip in a civilian auto.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his security cabinet to discuss Israel's next moves.

Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, said the Israeli special forces team had infiltrated near Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip in a civilian auto.

On Sunday, a clash erupted during the covert operation that killed seven Palestinian militants, including a local commander for Hamas's armed wing, as well as an Israeli army officer. Warplanes also destroyed the premises of Hamas's Al-Aqsa Television, the Israeli military said.

The ruling Hamas militant group, and the smaller Islamic Jihad group, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire in a joint statement.

Israeli troops have allegedly killed more than 220 Palestinians during the confrontations, which have included border breaches.

Five Palestinians were martyred in renewed Israeli attacks in Gaza on Tuesday and Monday following rocket fire from the seaside territory.

"I'm doing everything I can to prevent an unnecessary war", the Israeli leader told reporters in Paris, shortly before he chose to scrap a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron so he could return early to Jerusalem.

"Rocket fire would also target the cities of Ashdod and Beersheba in case Israel continued its attacks on civilian buildings in Gaza", group spokesman Abo Obaida said on Twitter. The Palestinian protesters have been demanding the right to return for those driven out of their homeland by Israeli wars and other acts of aggression since 1948.

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