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IDF Responds After Dozens of Gaza Terror Rockets Fired at Israel

IDF Responds After Dozens of Gaza Terror Rockets Fired at Israel

In an earlier statement, the Israeli military said gunmen had fired on its soldiers from a Hamas post, which was shelled by a tank in response.

Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel and the Israeli military carried out scores of air strikes as fighting near the Gaza-Israel border intensified overnight into Thursday.

Air strikes by Israel's military on the Gaza border have killed three people including a pregnant woman and her toddler, the Gaza Health Ministry says.

Mahmoud Daher, of the World Health Organization in Gaza, said in a telephone interview "the situation is very serious".

According to the Times of Israel, Hamas launched eight rockets at Israel; two of them struck the town of Sderot - where the video was taken - causing severe damages to numerous vehicles, a home and an apartment building.

According to the IDF, the rockets were launched from the Hamas-run enclave and two were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system.

Israel's military later confirmed it struck Gaza, saying it hit 12 Hamas sites in all, including "an offensive maritime terror tunnel. several terror sites in military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip. rocket manufacturing facilities and a central logistical military complex".

'As of now, 36 rocket launches were identified from Gaza towards Israel, ' the army wrote on Twitter.

Parts of the town have been closed off and police bomb disposal units were at the scene of the strikes, a spokesman for the force said.

Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations' humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, in a news release called Israel's restriction of fuel imports "a risky practice, with grave consequences on the rights of people in Gaza". Twenty-four of the slain protesters were minors, the ministry has said.

The latest flare-up in the south came as negotiations over a long-term ceasefire - mediated by the United Nations and Egypt - continued.

Clashes along the Gaza border since the end of March have seen at least 163 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire.

More than 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces - most during weekly protests at which thousands of Palestinians have expressed their support for the declared right of Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral homes in what is now Israel.