Hamas pounds southern Israel with 70 rockets, IDF strikes back

Hamas pounds southern Israel with 70 rockets, IDF strikes back

There were no immediate reports of fresh Israeli injuries or damage.

The majority hit open areas while four were intercepted, it said.

Air raid sirens sounded nearly nonstop in southern Israel from sundown on Wednesday, warning residents to stay in shelters as more than 80 rockets were fired in their direction.

The strikes came after two fighters from the military wing of Hamas, which rules Gaza, were killed by Israeli fire on Tuesday.

Enas Khammash, 23, and her 18-month daughter Bayan were killed in an airstrike in Jafarawi in central Gaza, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled strip said, while her husband was injured.

It said the Palestinian "resistance" had fired a large number of rockets at "enemy positions in the Gaza envelope".

The nearly daily airborne arson attacks have been part of months of weekly border protests led by the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza aimed in part at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after it took control of the territory in 2007.

At least two hit the Israeli town of Sderot, near Gaza's northern border, police and the army said.

Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for all fire coming from the long-blockaded coastal territory.

Meanwhile, an official from the Islamist Gaza Strip government told Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency on Wednesday that Hamas may be ready to reach an agreement toward a truce with Israel.

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According to the Israel Defense Forces, 36 projectiles were fired at southern Israel on Wednesday night, including the eight that were launched at Sderot.

In a written statement, the Ezzeddin Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

After Israel responded with tank fire, dozens of rockets were sent toward Israeli territory on Wednesday night.

Gaza has been controlled by Hamas for more than a decade, during which time it has fought three wars against Israel, most recently in 2014.

The escalation comes after the Hamas leadership convened for a rare meeting in Gaza on Friday.

The truce, which is planned to last five years, would include the release of four Israelis: the remains of two fallen IDF soldiers and two living, mentally handicapped men who wondered across the Gaza border including two soldiers.

The attacks come as the United Nations and Egypt try to secure a deal between Israel and Hamas for a lasting truce.

However, fighting between Israel and Hamas continue despite the ceasefire talks.

In a statement, the IDF said: "Terrorists shot at civilian vehicles that were being used in the effort to construct the barrier around the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip".

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