At least one Palestinian killed, six injured in Gaza after Israeli strikes

At least one Palestinian killed, six injured in Gaza after Israeli strikes

At least one Palestinian killed, six injured in Gaza after Israeli strikes

One Palestinian rocket hit a house, Israeli media said, showing footage of houses and cars pockmarked with shrapnel.

Streaks of light are pictured as rockets are launched from the northern Gaza Strip toward Israel, as seen from Sderot, Aug. 8, 2018.

IDF confirmed striking targets in Gaza on Wednesday in response to two rockets from Gaza which fell in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, lightly injuring two people according to medics at the scene.

The strikes came after two rockets launched from the coastal enclave hit the town of Sderot, near Gaza's northern border, police and the army said. At least five other civilians were also wounded.

"As of now, approximately 70 rocket launches were identified from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory", the army said in a statement.

According to IDF, the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two of eight rockets fired.

Israel has lost tracts of farmland and forest to fires started by kites and helium balloons laden with incendiary material which have caused fires in Israeli forests and farmlands and flown over the border by Palestinians in Gaza.

In a statement, the Hamas terror group said: "We are delivering on our promise".

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Israeli media said the European Union had prepared a plan for transportation in the West Bank, including Area C, which constitutes about 60 percent of the occupied territory, which is under full Israeli civil and security control.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Lieberman and IDF senior officials are now holding a situational assessment at the IDF HQ in Tel Aviv.

On Tuesday, Israel struck a Hamas military post in Gaza, saying it was in response to militant fire at Israeli troops.

The incident capped a day of tension in the Gaza Belt region, a day after IDF tanks shelled a Hamas guardpost after mistaking a training exercise for aggression directed towards Israel.

A watchtower of the Qassam Brigades in Al Zaytun neighbourhood was targeted by the Israeli shelling.

The Gaza Health Ministry say pregnant 23-year-old Enas Khammash and her 18-month daughter were killed in Jafarawi in central Gaza.

The escalation comes after the Hamas leadership convened for a rare meeting in Gaza on Friday.

At the same time Israeli aircraft struck 140 targets belonging to the Hamas Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip.

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