Gaza violence: Baby among three killed by Israeli strikes

Gaza violence: Baby among three killed by Israeli strikes

The Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted 11 launches, the majority of the rockets hit open areas.

The Israeli press reported that nine Israelis had been injured.

Rockets fired from Gaza into Israel as seen from Sderot. Two pregnant women were also taken to Barzilai Medical Center after they went into labor as a result of the stress.

The two men killed in northern Beit Lahiya were Hamas snipers taking part in a live-fire exercise within a compound on Gazan territory, the group's armed wing said in a statement.

More than a dozen Israelis were hurt Wednesday night as Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorist organization launched a massive, evening-long rocket attack on southern Israel.

At least 9 Israelis were wounded when Gaza militants fired scores of rockets into Israel and the Israeli military responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress towards a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade.

In a statement, the army claimed that its tanks hit a Hamas position in eastern Gaza in response to earlier gunfire from the strip targeting Israeli construction vehicles.

According to the IDF, approximately 70 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel.

A watchtower of the Qassam Brigades in Al Zaytun neighbourhood was targeted by the Israeli shelling.

Three Israelis were reported wounded in a rocket attack on the southern city of Sderot.

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"I made it clear that Gaza will not be linked to Judea and Samaria (the Jewish designation of the West Bank)", Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz told Israel Broadcasting Corporation.

The escalation comes after the Hamas leadership convened for a rare meeting in Gaza on Friday.

IDF confirmed striking targets in Gaza on Wednesday in response to two rockets from Gaza which fell in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, lightly injuring two people according to medics at the scene.

The exchange came amid continued attempts by Egypt to broker a broad cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas.

Clashes along the Gaza border since the end of March have seen at least 165 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire.

Twenty-four of the slain protesters were minors, the ministry has said.

Protesters demand the "right of return" to their homes and villages in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

Wednesday's exchange came just a day after two members of the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas movement were killed by Israeli fire.

The Gaza Strip, home to almost two million Palestinians, has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007.

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