Israel strikes targets in Gaza Strip, 3 killed


A pregnant Palestinian woman and her 18-month-old child were killed in the Israeli attacks, as was a Hamas militant.

"The risks of a new sweeping armed confrontation on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip are growing significantly".

In his piece, Greenblatt cited two cases, in 2011 and 2016, in which he says Palestinian firefighters joined their Israeli counterparts to combat massive conflagrations that had spread and wreaked havoc in Israel, as examples of the kind of cooperation that should exist between the two entities.

Israel just launched multiple airstrikes destroying al-Meshal Cultural center in Gaza - a public area that hosts cultural festivals and art events.

"While Hamas focuses on violence toward their Israeli neighbors, they have neglected and utterly failed to build the infrastructure and systems to make life better in Gaza".

Israeli aircraft struck more than 150 targets in Gaza in response to a barrage of rockets from the Palestinian territory, its military said Thursday, marking a sharp escalation even as negotiations were taking place over a cease-fire.

Gaza's Health Ministry identified those killed in the airstrikes from Wednesday to Thursday as Hamas fighter Ali Ghandour, 23-year-old Enas Khamash and her daughter Bayan.

The newspaper Haaretz reportedthat 11 people were wounded in the town of Sderot after six rockets were fired from Gaza.

Another unnamed Palestinian official confirmed to Reuters the truce had been reached, saying, "Egyptian efforts managed to restore calm between Palestinian factions and Israel that will end the current escalation".

Before the Beersheba incident, Israeli officials said Netanyahu was due to hold the security cabinet session later in the day after consultations with security officials.

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"This is a blatant crime and Israel is responsible for it", he added.

From orderly rows of solar panels in a field in the West Bank to the chaotic rooftops of Gaza, Palestinians are hoping that harnessing the energy of the sun can reduce their dependence on Israel for electricity.

The sun may be free, but the technology is not, and Palestinians say their ability to import solar panels has been hampered by Israeli border controls.

In nearby Israeli communities, residents were sent scrambling to bomb shelters.

For this reason Hamas started the so-called "Great March of Return" at the end of March the two-month-long violent confrontations along the border with Israel in Gaza which turned into the so-called "Kite Jihad" the daily attacks with incendiary balloons and kites which have caused a ecological disaster in southern Israel.

UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov said the United Nations had engaged with Egypt in an "unprecedented effort" to avoid serious conflict, but "the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

Tension along the Israel-Gaza border has escalated since late March, when Hamas launched what would become regular mass protests along Israel's perimeter fence with Gaza.

Rocket sirens were still sounding in Israeli neighborhoods on Wednesday evening, while strikes in Gaza continued. Large turnout at the protests has also been driven by widespread desperation in Gaza, amid worsening conditions linked to the blockade.

Palestinians look at damage at the site of an Israeli air strike in Al-Mughraqa on the outskirts of Gaza City, Aug. 9, 2018.

The two were killed when an Israeli airstrike hit their home in the Jaafari area of central Gaza.