More than 100 rockets hit Israel, one dead as Israelis hit back

More than 100 rockets hit Israel, one dead as Israelis hit back

Israel fired artillery and launched air raids into Gaza on Saturday morning in response to what it said had been scores of rockets launched out of the strip, escalating tensions after an airstrike killed two Hamas members and Israeli border forces shot two protesters on Friday.

Israel Radio said at least 50 rockets were fired in the space of about 30 minutes, some deep into southern Israel.

A shattered window is seen at a house is seen after a rocket fired from Gaza Strip hit in the southern Israeli city Kiryat Gat, Israel.

It was not yet clear if there were casualties on the Israeli side. In March, Netanyahu's trip to Washington to meet with President Trump and speak at the annual AIPAC policy conference was cut short after a rocket fired from Gaza slammed into a house in central Israel. A retaliatory Israeli air strike killed two militants from the Islamist Hamas group that governs Gaza.

Over the past 36 hours, occupation forces have killed three Palestinians and wounded dozens more, the majority of whom were taking part in the peaceful protests along the Gaza-Israel fence.

Gaza's Health Ministry said a 14-month-old girl, Seba Abu Arar, was killed in an Israeli airstrike that hit their home in east Gaza City.

Israel and Egypt have maintained a crippling blockade on Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007.

The US State Department has condemned the recent rocket attacks on Israel and called upon the responsible parties to cease aggression immediately.

Hamas has threatened to disrupt the Eurovision song contest slated to be held in Tel Aviv next month.

More than 200 Gazans have been killed by Israeli troops since the "Great March of Return" started on March 30 a year ago, according to Gaza health officials.

It also says an IDF aircraft has targeted two rocket launchers in northern Gaza, and that IDF tanks targeted a number of Hamas military posts. Another two Palestinians were killed during weekly border protests.

The Israeli military reportedly hit a six-story commercial and residential structure Saturday evening. He added that Islamic Jihad was trying to destabilize the border and blamed Hamas for failing to rein it in.

He said the PIJ did not coordinate the shooting with Hamas, the larger militant movement that rules Gaza. The Health Ministry is controlled by Hamas and its claims have not always been reliable.

The siege has devastated the local economy, severely restricting food imports and access to basic services to Gaza's two million residents.

On Thursday, a Hamas delegation led by the group's Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar traveled to Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials on a truce with Israel, Hamas officials said.

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