Multiple explosions rock Gaza-Israel border

Multiple explosions rock Gaza-Israel border

Multiple explosions rock Gaza-Israel border

The aerial assaults on by Israel followed the retaliatory firing of around 90 rockets from Gaza into the "occupied territories" on Saturday morning.

The country's Iron Dome missile-defence system shot down dozens of the rockets, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said.

Islamic Jihad, a smaller Iranian backed militant group that sometimes acts independently of Hamas, threatened to fire longer range rockets toward Israel's heartland.

Two other Palestinians were also killed in the Israeli strikes Saturday, according to the ministry, bringing the death toll to four.

Israel said around 150 rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave and its air defences intercepted dozens of them.

The hostilities began Friday when two Israeli soldiers were wounded by Gaza gunfire near the border. Local media reported three Palestinian casualties.

Islamic Jihad, a Hamas-allied group, said its head will also attend the meetings.

Across the border, rocket sirens sent Israelis running to shelters, but there were no reports of casualties as numerous missiles were intercepted.

Hamas did not immediately comment on the affiliation of the Palestinians killed but pledged to respond to what it called an "Israeli aggression".

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It also comes at a sensitive time for Israel, which is to mark its Memorial Day and Independence Day holiday this week, before hosting the Eurovision song contest in the middle of the month.

Earlier on Saturday, Palestinian militants fired about 100 rockets into southern Israel, damaging a house, Israeli authorities said.

Islamic Jihad said it had launched the rocket attacks in response to Friday's violence.

Those demonstrating in the Great March of Return demand the right of return for Palestinian refugees, as well as an end to Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Mourners carry the body of Emad Naseer, who was killed in an Israeli air strike, during his funeral in the northern Gaza Strip May 4, 2019.

Hamas, the group that rules the Palestinian enclave, said two members of its armed wing had been killed and three wounded when Israel bombed one of its positions in central Gaza.

Rocket fire and airstrikes continue to happen regularly, despite a supposed cease fire that was reached between the sides following a 50-day deadly war in 2014.

Saturday's rockets attacks coincided with Palestinians burying the two militants.

Egypt has always been the broker between Israel and the Islamist group that runs Gaza.

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