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Israeli aircraft strike Hamas targets in Gaza Strip

21 June 2018

Israeli Air Force jets have carried out a series of strikes on Gaza, in retaliation to alleged arson attempts and "explosive kites and balloons" being launched at Israel.

The Army's targets were two military camps and one ammunition factory, reports Efe news.

Since near-weekly mass protests began along the Israel-Gaza border, more than 120 Palestinians have been killed and over 3,800 wounded by Israeli army fire.

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Robert Mardini, the regional director for the Middle East at the ICRC, further said at a press conference on Monday that the "vast majority" of more than 13,000 hospitalized demonstrators had suffered severe injuries, including multiple gunshot wounds, Press TV reported.

Palestinian terrorists blew themselves up Monday while trying to forge a hole in an underground wall separating Israel from the Gaza Strip, the IDF said.

Israel's deadly tactics in confronting the weekly Friday protests have drawn global condemnation. The IDF said that it treats the incident as terrorist acts and will continue to retaliate against such threats from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilians.

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"The explosive kites and incendiary balloons are not child's play; they are deadly weapons created to kill our children", Bennett said at the start of his Jewish Home party's Knesset faction meeting.

According to eyewitnesses, at 11:30 in the afternoon, dozens of Hamas members wearing black shirts entered the protest area and tried to approach the center of the gathering, despite the participants' assertion that the movement is Patriotic, attacked the platform, broke it, and cracked the speakers.

Palestinians say they are a popular outpouring of rage against Israel by people demanding the right to return to the homes their families fled or were driven from on Israel's creation 70 years ago. A lot of them targeted farmlands close to the Gaza border.

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Israel and Egypt maintain a blockade of the strip, citing security reasons, which has caused an economic crisis and collapse in living standards there over the past decade.

Israeli aircraft strike Hamas targets in Gaza Strip