Israeli jets carry out airstrikes on Gaza

Israeli jets carry out airstrikes on Gaza

Israeli jets carry out airstrikes on Gaza

"The rockets that were launched against Israel. we know that the orders, incentives were given from Damascus with the clear involvement of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' Quds Force", he said.

Earlier Friday, London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Egypt reached a short-term agreement between Israel and Hamas to ease violence along their common border.

The Israeli military has accused Syria and Iran of responsibility in a night-long barrage of rocket attacks out of the Gaza Strip and has threatened to strike Iranian targets in Syria in response. Loay Qarouti of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command said the mediators asked them "to protect the lives of protesters and minimize losses among them".

Conricus said Israel still holds Hamas responsible for all fire out of Gaza, and has seen no signs of Hamas trying to stop the fire.

Israeli warplanes hit Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early on Thursday in response to rocket fire from the territory into southern Israel, the army said.

The Israeli army said some suspects briefly crossed the fence.

The armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the second largest militant group in Gaza, threatened to continue the rocket fire on Saturday.

US President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt is slated to visit Israel in the coming week, notwithstanding the lack of a firm release date for the president's "deal of the century" peace plan.

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Organizers of the weekly protests at the Gaza-Israel border called on Gaza residents to demonstrate en masse on Friday under the slogan "Gaza will not surrender".

At least 212 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since the protests began, according to figures collated by AFP.

Israel has come under heavy worldwide criticism for what many see as excessive use of force and the large number of unarmed people who have been shot.

The majority have died during protests, while smaller numbers have been killed by air strikes or tank fire.

The protesters are calling to be allowed to return to lands their families fled or were expelled from in the 1948 war that accompanied Israel's creation.

It has also witnessed a fresh wave of tensions since March 30, which marked the start of "The Great March of Return" protests.

One Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper along the border in the same period.

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