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Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Israel nearing full-scale military campaign with Gaza

Israel nearing full-scale military campaign with Gaza

A 30-year-old Hamas affiliate was killed in the strikes, the Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said.

In an interview with Channel 10 news, Barak also harshly criticizes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his handling of the uptick in violence since yesterday.

It said the Palestinian "resistance" had fired a large number of projectiles at "enemy positions in the Gaza envelope". "But then we would have a different problem".

On Tuesday, the Israeli military struck a Hamas military post in Gaza after it said terrorists fired on Israeli troops on the border.

"The government is sending the IDF to kill mosquitoes, instead of working to dry the swamp", he says. One Hamas operative, identified as Ali al-Ghadnour, a relative of senior Hamas commander Abu Anas Ghandour who was designated by the US State Department as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist previous year.

A senior Israeli military official said Thursday that the army is "nearing war with Gaza" and would evacuate Israelis living in communities adjacent to the border if necessary.

Israeli television broadcast images of a house and cars reportedly damaged by the rockets in Sderot.

Israel responded with airstrikes and shelling of several locations, which led to the killing of the three Palestinians.

Air raid sirens signaling incoming rocket fire continued in southern Israel on Thursday morning, raising the likelihood of further Israeli reprisals.

It said about 150 rockets had been launched from Gaza towards Israeli territory. I utterly condemn the ongoing rocket salvo from Hamas that has wounded more than 11 Israelis.

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

The United Nations' Mideast envoy is expressing his concern about the latest escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas. Israeli fighters also struck a tunnel on the Mediterranean coast and targeted weapons and rocket manufacturing sites, as well as a military complex serving as a central logistic warehouse, the IDF noted. "If current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

It stated that the two fighters were part of a military training in "Asqalan" center, one of its training locations in northern Gaza, and that many Palestinians, including political leaders of Hamas, were in attendance.

"The escalation of the barbaric shelling of Gaza and the deliberate targeting of civilians [by Israel] is premeditated and the [Israeli] occupation will suffer the repercussions and pay a higher price for its crimes", he said, according to the news service.

According to the Palestinian official, all militant groups had "stopped around 12 noon all the operations, shooting and rockets" and added that "the continued calm now depends on Israel".

Protests and clashes along the Gaza border since the end of March have seen at least 165 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire. One Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.

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