IDF releases footage of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

IDF releases footage of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

The Israeli army retaliated by launching warplanes that struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in what appeared to be the most intense exchange of fire since the 2014 war.

The escalation came following a botched Israeli assassination operation in the city of khan yunis on Sunday.

Palestinian health officials said that two people were killed and three others wounded in the Israeli strikes, Reuters reports.

An Israeli air strike destroyed Hamas's Al-Aqsa TV building in the Gaza Strip on Monday after a series of warning shots, AFP journalists reported, drawing threats of a harsh response from Palestinian militants.

The Palestinian strikes, carried out after a deadly undercover Israeli military raid the day before, critically wounded an Israeli teen.

By Monday evening, the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) was reporting more than 300 rockets were launched toward Israel from Gaza. The AP says the United Nations and Egypt are trying to mediate an end to this latest outburst of violence.

Soldiers routinely cross in military bulldozers, not by foot, mostly to raze and level land in order to maintain line of sight in the Israeli-maintained "buffer zone" along the border, she added.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short a visit to Paris, where he attended World War One commemorations with other world leaders. It was a response, the group said, to an Israeli intelligence mission carried out the night before, the New York Times reports. Palestinian security sources also reported that a Hamas observation point was hit by tank fire in the Gaza Strip.

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As one retired Israeli general explained on national television, such covert raids across enemy lines are actually rather routine. Citizen on the side of Israel furthest from the Gaza Strip, including the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert, received alerts of incoming rocket fire throughout the day.

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In southern Israel, interceptor missiles streaked through the sky and sirens sounded during what the military said were more than 80 rocket salvoes from Gaza.

The military provided few details about the reason for Sunday's raid. "The force waged a heroic and very complex battle and was able to exfiltrate in its entirety".

After arriving back in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu praised the Israeli commando for his service, tweeting, "Our forces acted courageously". The officer's funeral was held Monday. The blockade has led to over 50 per cent unemployment and chronic power outages, and prevents the vast majority of Gazans from travelling.

The vehicle was damaged in the incident, an Israeli army spokesperson said.

Once it pulls out of the forested area and is fully exposed to the Strip, the missile is fired, hitting the bus and setting it on fire. Hamas responded by lowering the intensity of the border protest last Friday.

The restriction of movement along the fence, in addition to the daytime, overt incursions that affect farmers and scrap collectors, are just two examples the ways in which Israel continues to exert control over Palestinians in Gaza despite the "disengagement" of 2005.

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