Violence flares as Israel launches Gaza strikes 14th July 2018 By: NEWS AGENCIES 0 The Israeli military has attacked several militant sites in Gaza as a response to renewed violence along the border, after which Hamas militants fired more than 30 rockets and mortars toward Israel. There were no reports of casualties on either side, but the exchange threatened to spark further attacks after weeks of tensions along the volatile border. The military said its jets targeted two Hamas tunnels as well as other military compounds, including those involved in the spate of incendiary kite and balloon attacks. Even as the airstrikes were being carried out, the military said rockets began being fired toward Israel. It said six of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system. Israel Palestinians No injuries or damage were reported but warning sirens wailed in border communities for much of the night. In a relatively rare admission, Hamas said it fired the rockets to deter Israel from further action. Most of the recent rockets from Gaza have been fired by smaller factions. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said it was an “immediate response” that was meant to “deliver the message”. Israel has been warning Hamas in recent weeks that while it has no interest in engaging in the kind of conflict that led to the sides fighting three wars over the past decade, it would not tolerate Gaza militants’ continued efforts to breach the border and its campaign to devastate Israeli border communities with incendiary attacks. On Friday, thousands of Palestinians gathered near the Gaza border for their near-weekly protest. A 15-year-old Palestinian who tried to climb over the fence into Israel was shot dead. Later the military said an Israeli officer was moderately wounded by a grenade thrown at him. The Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza has led border protests aimed in part at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007. The demonstrations have been fuelled by ongoing despair caused by the blockade, which has caused widespread economic hardship. Over 130, mostly unarmed, Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since protests began on March 30. Israel says it is defending its sovereign border and accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover for attempts to breach the border fence and attack civilians and soldiers. In a statement, the military said Hamas’ activities “violate Israeli sovereignty, endanger Israeli civilians and sabotage Israel’s humanitarian efforts that aim to help Gazan civilians”. Previous post Soccer-Goals, Neymar and Kalinic: best and worst of the… Next post Six people injured in fastest San Fermin bull run of… NEWS AGENCIES This is NEWSTAGE desk... News published by this account are official and directly from the news room of News Agencies. All rights reserved. Material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. For supports, ads, or you want your publications published. contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.