Over 100 rockets fired into Israel from Gaza

Over 100 rockets fired into Israel from Gaza

Over 100 rockets fired into Israel from Gaza

It was the third severe flare-up of violence since July and came despite attempts by United Nations officials and Egypt to secure a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas.

Earlier in the day, the Israeli army shelled a Hamas military position in Gaza in retaliation for an alleged attack from the Palestinian side that targeted its heavy equipment on the Gaza-Israeli border.

It was not clear if the escalation would derail Egyptian-brokered indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas to reach a long-term ceasefire.

Hamas said a 23-year-old pregnant woman and her young daughter died in another attack; while the husband suffered moderate injuries. Twelve others were injured, the Ministry said. "My thoughts are with the families of the wounded and injured, including both the innocent Israelis and Palestinians caught up in this needless escalation by Hamas".

A Hamas official told the Turkish news agency Anadolu on Tuesday that the two sides were expected to sign an agreement by late August that would reportedly lift restrictions on the entry of goods into the Gaza Strip in exchange for a five-year cease-fire and the return of the Israeli captives.

Katz, meanwhile, proposed "shifting the full responsibility over the Gaza Strip to the global community, while keeping Israel's security control on the port". It also disputed Israel's account, saying shots were fired as part of a graduation ceremony for a group of fighters inside the camp. Israeli media reported that army officials had later acknowledged a mistake had been made and the militants had not been firing at soldiers, though the military would not confirm that information to AFP.

An onlooker captured the incredible footage of Israel intercepting mod-air rocket from Gaza. "If it becomes necessary, the residents of the Gaza border communities will be evacuated", he said.

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The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, issued a statement denouncing the Israeli assassination of two of its fighters, in northern Gaza, and holding Israel accountable for any future escalation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off a trip to Colombia this week to attend to the Gaza truce talks and was due to convene his decision-making security cabinet on Thursday to discuss the situation. One Israeli soldier was killed by a Gaza sniper during this period.

Gaza has been controlled by Hamas for more than a decade, during which time it has fought three wars against Israel, most recently in 2014.

The incident occurred while a group of senior Hamas leaders from overseas were visiting Gaza to discuss the ceases-fire efforts with local leaders.

Israel's defense chief said last month that Gaza's only commercial border crossing, Keren Shalom, would reopen if calm persisted.

Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations' humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, in a news release called Israel's restriction of fuel imports "a risky practice, with grave consequences on the rights of people in Gaza".

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