IDF Strikes Hamas Tunnels Following Grenade Attack That Injures Officer

Palestinian teenager killed in Gaza border protests

Israeli fighter jets have carried out strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza strip, in response to the violence and "terrorist acts" the group instigated at the border, as well as cross-border rocket launches, the IDF said.

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager and a second protester died of his wounds on Saturday, Gaza health officials said.

Gaza militants fired more than 50 mortar bombs and rockets toward Israel, the military said, setting off sirens and sending Israelis fleeing to their shelters.

They will abide by the cease-fire as long as Israel does, Shiha said.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said the military had warned people before the attack to leave the area.

Israel's Education Minister and leader of coalition party, Naftali Bennett, slammed a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas which was announced on Saturday night to end nearly twenty-four hours of fighting, calling it a "serious mistake".

'After consultations with the defence minister, the chief of staff and Israel's top defence officials, we decided on powerful action against Hamas terrorism, ' Netanyahu said in a video statement. Meanwhile, the military says an Israeli officer was lightly wounded by a grenade thrown at him during the near-weekly protests along the border Friday.

In response, the IDF hit dozens of targets, the military said.




Three people were wounded in Israel when a rocket struck the southern town of Sderot, police said.

The IDF said it attacked four Hamas military compounds in a third wave of strikes following attacks overnight Friday and early Saturday morning.

Striking in the heart of Gaza City is typically only seen during full-blown conflicts like the war of 2014 and could mark a sign that violence is escalating. The Israelis retaliated with live fire, killing a Palestinian teen and injuring 220 others throughout the day, Wafa reported.

Relatives of Palestinian Othman Helles, 15, who was killed at the Israel-Gaza border, react in Gaza City July 13, 2018.

A Palestinian official who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity said Egypt and other worldwide players were holding contacts with Israel and Gaza to restore calm.

"The Israeli military has delivered its most punishing blow against Hamas since the 2014 war. Instead, for the past few years, the large building has been used as a training facility for Hamas's fighting battalions for urban warfare, exercises in conquering buildings and recently as a facility for surviving inside tunnels - thank to an attack tunnel that was dug underneath the building", the army said in a statement. Most recently, it has been struggling to cope with the widespread fires caused by the incendiary kites and balloons floating over the border.

"The IDF is determined to continue to defend citizens of Israel and is prepared for a variety of scenarios that may intensify", the army said.

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