Israel shuts down cargo crossing into Gaza to punish Hamas

Israel strikes Gaza militant sites, Palestinians fire rockets

Israel strikes Gaza militant sites, Palestinians fire rockets

Twenty-five people were wounded across Gaza, the ministry said.

They also demand an end to Israel's 11-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal territory's economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of basic commodities.

Fuel deliveries will be suspended until Sunday, the ministry said in a statement.

The Israeli military has delivered its most punishing blow against Hamas since the 2014 war.

A vast air offensive, "Operation Cast Lead", was launched in December 2008 to stop Palestinian rocket fire into Israel.

Israel blamed Hamas for the escalation, pointing to months of protests and clashes along the border that its military argues the Islamist movement is seeking to use as cover for attacks.

The strikes marked a stronger Israeli reaction to the dozens of balloons and kites carrying combustion materials that have been sent from Gaza since April.

Speaking at the same border visit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "the Israeli military is prepared for any scenario".

Hamas responded with more than 200 projectiles toward Israel communities, evoking memories of the three wars the sides have waged over the past decade. "The protection and the defence of our people is a national duty and a strategic choice", Barhoum said.

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Hours later, Israel launched air strikes in Gaza.

Israeli occupation troops killed 137 Palestinians since protests broke out on March 30.

Zionist regime's fighter jets have conducted a series of fresh raids against the Palestinian resistance forces and the defenseless people of the Gaza Strip. No Israelis have been killed.

In an interview with Tasnim, Secretary of the Alliance of Palestinian Resistance Forces Khaled Abdul Majid said Egypt and Jordan are concerned about the American-initiated deal for ending conflicts in the occupied territories, saying the two countries cannot disclose the measures that the U.S. and Israel have urged them to take for implementing the deal.

Israel also destroyed several Hamas attack tunnels, as well as factories involved in the production of the incendiary kites and balloons, and a Hamas battalion headquarters in northern Gaza. The border protests peaked on May 14, when the United States moved its Israel embassy to the disputed city of Jerusalem, but have continued at a lower level since then. At least four Israelis were injured, including two teenage girls, when a rocket struck the roof of their home in Sderot; another rocket struck a synagogue in Sderot, which was empty at the time.

On Sunday evening, the military announced that following a "situation assessment" it reinforced its Iron Dome batteries in central Israel and in the country's south and called up a small number of reserve army soldiers. Palestinians and rights groups say unarmed protesters are being shot while posing no real threat.

Meanwhile Hamas spokesman Abdul Latif al-Kanou said: "We will not allow the occupiers to target our nation and martyr us and we will react".

"We hit Hamas in a significant way and hard".

According to a statement released by the Israeli army, the Kerem Shalom border crossing will be closed in response to "incendiary kite attacks" by Palestinian activists.

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