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Israeli Jets Pound Gaza Strip as Rockets Fired Into Southern Israel

10 August 2018

Rocket warning sirens sounded nearly non-stop in the southernIsraeli town of Sderot and other border communities from sunset on Wednesday. A volley launched against the city of Sderot caused injuries to three Israelis.

However, several houses and factories were damaged in Israeli communities by the impact of the rockets.

The Israeli army did not immediately comment on the incident, but said it had struck around 100 "military targets" belonging to Hamas in the strip.

"This is a continuation of an effort to destroy the underground terrorist infrastructure that the IDF has been leading in recent years", read the statement.

The military stressed that the "IDF is prepared for a variety of scenarios and is determined to continue its mission to protect the citizens of Israel".

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For its part, Hamas demands that Israel free Palestinian security prisoners - a proposal that Netanyahu's far-right coalition partners balk at.

Smoke plumes could be seen rising from Gaza City following the military's announcement it was targeting "terror sites in the Gaza Strip".

A senior Israeli Defense Forces official warned Hamas in a tweet that it "will understand in the coming hours, as in the past months, that this is not the direction it wants to chose".

Three Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip since the Wednesday evening, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported on Thursday.

A baby and her pregnant mother were among three Palestinians killed by Israeli strikes in Gaza overnight Wednesday, officials said, as the Jewish state struck a series of targets.

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ToI's Raphael Ahren notes that Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon did not reply to reporters' questions asking whether he was disputing the BBC article's facts or merely the omission of the rocket fire from Gaza on Israel, which triggered Israel's strikes on the coastal enclave.

The Israel Defense Forces said mounting violence began Wednesday after militants shot at an IDF vehicle in the Gaza Strip. At least eight other civilians in Gaza were also injured, the ministry said.

A rocket hit Eshkol Regional Council at 06:00 am Thursday, critically injuring a 30 year old woman and lightly wounding another man from shrapnel. "We are closing in on operation in Gaza", he said.

Get ready, or not: An army official's warning that a war with Gaza is a very real possibility and southerners should get ready to evacuate the Gaza border region may have been meant as a scare tactic in the hopes that Hamas will realize how sideways things are about to turn, but that doesn't mean it's not also true. We will send reinforcements to the south.

Gaza residents reported several Israeli airstrikes after the Palestinian rocket barrage.

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Due to the tensions the Home Front Command announced that farming in the fields in the south was prohibited as well as all summer day camps and other educational activities including at Sapir College which has cancelled all classes and exams.

Israeli Jets Pound Gaza Strip as Rockets Fired Into Southern Israel