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Israel, Hamas trade heavy fire after deadly incursion

Israel, Hamas trade heavy fire after deadly incursionGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants bombarded Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Monday, while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in what appeared to be the most intense exchange of fire since a 2014 war.



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Israeli fire kills seven during Gaza raid targeting Hamas commander: Hamas

Israeli fire kills seven during Gaza raid targeting Hamas commander: HamasIsraeli forces killed seven Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an undercover raid targeting a Hamas commander and air strikes that provided cover for the troops to escape back into Israel by car, Hamas said. The Israeli incursion and air attacks drew rocket fire from the Hamas-controlled enclave, with sirens sounding in Israeli communities along the border. The violence prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short a visit to Paris, where he had been gathering with world leaders for a World War One commemoration.



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Israeli forces 'kill Hamas commander during operation in Gaza'

Israeli forces 'kill Hamas commander during operation in Gaza'Israeli commandos and Hamas fighters engaged in a deadly gun battle inside Gaza late on Sunday, straining hopes that the two sides were close to reaching a ceasefire agreement. One Israeli officer and seven Palestinians were killed in the fighting near Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip. The initial gun fight was followed by heavy Israeli air strikes and a volley of Palestinian rockets fired from Gaza. Hamas, the Islamist militant group which controls Gaza, said the shooting broke out when an Israeli “undercover force” infiltrated the strip and assassinated Nour Baraka, a 37-year-old senior Hamas commander.        The Israeli raiding party entered Gaza in a civilian vehicle and was attacked by Palestinian fighters after carrying out the killing, Hamas said. Israeli aircraft began launching strikes to cover the commandos’ retreat out of Gaza, according to Hamas.  The Israeli military did not give details of the operation but denied  that the commandos were in Gaza to kill or kidnap a Hamas commander. Israeli media reported it was more likely a botched intelligence gathering operation.   Israel launched heavy air strikes after the shooting began Credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo “During an Israeli Defence Forces special forces operational activity in the Gaza Strip, an exchange of fire evolved. At this incident an IDF officer was killed and an additional officer was moderately wounded,” the military said in a statement.  Residents of southern Gaza reported heavy Israeli airstrikes at around 9pm on Sunday. The Israeli military said at least 17 rockets were fired from Gaza in the hours that followed. By Monday morning the situation appeared quiet.  The spasm of serious violence was surprising because Israel and Hamas appeared to be nearing an agreement, in which Israel would ease its decade-long blockade of Gaza in return for Hamas keeping the situation quiet. In recent weeks, Gaza’s dire electricity shortages have eased after Israel allowed Qatar to begin paying for power plant fuel. Israel also allowed Qatar to deliver a suitcase with $ 15 million (£11.6 million) in cash to help pay salaries to civil servants inside Gaza.    Just hours before the fighting broke out, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, defended the Qatari deal and said it had been endorsed by the Israeli cabinet as a way of easing Gaza’s humanitarian crisis and lowering the chances of conflict.   “I am doing everything I can to avoid an unnecessary war,” he said.  The fighting appeared to take the Israeli government by surprise and led Mr Netanyahu to cut short a trip to France, where he had been marking the centenary of the end of the First World War alongside fellow world leaders.  Both Israel and Hamas have said they do not want another war and the UN will be hoping that the fighting on Sunday night will not derail what appeared to be promising steps toward a longterm ceasefire.   Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris  Credit: AFP Israel cancelled school for children living near the Gaza border on Monday and shut down the train line between Ashkelon and Sderot as a precaution. Some of the Palestinian rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system.  Tal Russo, a retired Israeli general, said Israeli forces were likely carrying out an intelligence-gathering operation inside Gaza and were caught, rather than trying to assassinate Hamas leaders.  “Activities that most civilians aren’t aware of happen all the time, every night and in every region. This action – an operation that was apparently exposed – wasn’t an assassination attempt. We have other ways of assassinating people and we know how to do it much more elegantly,” he said, according to the Times of Israel. The Israeli officer killed was identified by the military only as Lieutenant Colonel M, in line with Israel’s practice of not naming its special forces troops.  "I am shocked and saddened at the loss of Lt Col M, the IDF officer killed last night, and praying with all citizens of Israel for the swift recovery of the injured soldier," said Reuven Rivlin, the Israeli president. The Hamas-controlled health ministry in Gaza said seven Palestinians had been killed. One of them was Nour Baraka, a commander in the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.  Several of the dead were also Hamas fighters, according to Palestinian media. It was not clear if any civilians had been killed.    Hamas rarely inflicts casualties on Israeli forces and by Monday morning the group was hailing the gun battle as a victory for its side. “Qassam fighters stopped the Israeli aggression east of Khan Younes in a legendary and heroic way,” a spokesman said.  



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Israel's Netanyahu threatens Hamas with 'very strong blows'

Israel's Netanyahu threatens Hamas with 'very strong blows'Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday threatened to inflict “very strong blows” on Hamas after fresh violence along the border with the Gaza Strip controlled by the Islamist group. “Hamas has apparently not understood the message — if these attacks do not stop, they will be stopped in another way, in the form of very, very strong blows”, Netanyahu said during the weekly cabinet meeting. If Hamas is intelligent, it will cease fire and violence now”, he added.



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UN calls on Israel and Hamas to prevent further deaths

UN calls on Israel and Hamas to prevent further deathsThe UN called Saturday for Israel and Hamas rulers to rein in violence a day after border clashes in which the Gaza health ministry said seven Palestinians were killed. “I am deeply saddened by reports that seven Palestinians, including two children, were killed, and hundreds of others injured, by Israeli forces during demonstrations in the Gaza Strip yesterday (Friday),” the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, Jamie McGoldrick, said in a statement.



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Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza despite talk of truce

Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza despite talk of truceBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel and the Israeli military responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress toward a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade. A senior member of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza, said talks mediated by the United Nations and Egypt on a deal to tamp down tensions were in “advanced stages”. The Israeli army said Wednesday’s violence began with militants firing guns at an Israeli engineering vehicle, and Israeli troops responding with tank fire.



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Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza despite talk of truce

Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza despite talk of truceBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel and the Israeli military responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress toward a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade. A senior member of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza, said talks mediated by the United Nations and Egypt on a deal to tamp down tensions were in “advanced stages”. The Israeli army said Wednesday’s violence began with militants firing guns at an Israeli engineering vehicle, and Israeli troops responding with tank fire.



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Israeli fire kills 2 Hamas militants in Gaza

Israeli fire kills 2 Hamas militants in GazaJERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Tuesday it struck a Hamas military post in the Gaza Strip in response to militant fire at Israeli troops, while Hamas said two of its fighters were killed after taking part in a gunfire parade inside a militant camp.



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Hamas leaders to meet in Gaza amid Israel truce reports

Hamas leaders to meet in Gaza amid Israel truce reportsThe leadership of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas is to convene late Friday for a rare meeting, officials said, amid speculation of a long-term truce between the Gaza Strip’s rulers and Israel. A senior Hamas source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the leadership would meet in the evening in Gaza City to discuss a number of issues, including a possible agreement. Among those attending will be Hamas’s deputy leader Saleh al-Aruri, who crossed the border from Egypt on Thursday with eight other Hamas leaders based outside Gaza.



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UN Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not Hamas

UN Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not HamasUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a Palestinian-backed resolution Wednesday blaming Israel for violence in Gaza and deploring its "excessive use of force," after narrowly rejecting a U.S. demand to add a condemnation of attacks on Israel by Gaza's Hamas rulers.



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