Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Violence Flares Up Between Israel And Hamas Despite Talk Of Truce

Violence Flares Up Between Israel And Hamas Despite Talk Of Truce

A person in Gaza said early Friday it was quiet there since midnight, with no apparent Israeli jets in the sky.

Over the past day and a half of confrontation between Palestinian militants fired about 180 rockets and mortars at southern Israel and wounded at least seven people. The Israeli military said that 30 launches were intercepted by that country's "Iron Dome" defense system.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert was asked for reaction to the launch of a long-range missile by Hamas into Israel, which then led to Israeli airstrikes against what Israel said was a Hamas headquarters.

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

An Israeli official said yesterday that the cease-fire report was incorrect, but this morning Home Front Command in Israel updated the safety instructions for the residents of the south Israel and announced a full return to routine in the city of Netivot and in the settlements of the Negev Center.

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Public pressure in Israel to take more decisive military action is building.

A senior Israeli Defense Forces official warned Hamas in a tweet that it "will understand in the coming hours, as in the past months, that this is not the direction it wants to chose". A Palestinian official with knowledge of the ceasefire talks, which were mediated by Egypt, said the truce would begin at 20:45 GMT.

In Gaza's Nusseirat refugee camp, Sabreen Abu Shawiesh said installing solar panels on the metal roof of her one-floor house had changed her family's life: "We nearly had no electricity, nowadays fans are working all day".

The poll also revealed a split among Israelis over recent calls for another large-scale military assault on the Hamas-run strip, with 48 percent saying they would support such an operation. "The UN has engaged with Egypt and all concerned parties in an unprecedented effort to avoid such a development", Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov said of the situation in Gaza in the statement.

"Our collective efforts have prevented the situation from exploding until now".

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Israel's army said it targeted more than 150 Hamas military locations, including militant compounds and weapons manufacturing sites.

Israeli Army Radio said Palestinian militants had fired a Grad missile capable of reaching Israel's heartland.

Ehud Yaari , a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told reporters Hamas is still intent on reaching a cease-fire.

Air raid sirens sounded nearly nonstop in southern Israel from sundown on Wednesday, warning residents to stay in shelters as more than 80 rockets were fired in their direction.

Buildings and cars in the southern Israeli city of Sderot were damaged by rockets fired from Gaza, Aug. 8, 2018. Police said they found its remnants in an open area on the outskirts of the city of 200,000 people and that no one was hurt.

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It was the first time since a 2014 war that a rocket had hit that deep inside Israel, according to Israeli media.

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