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Israel rejects European Union plan to link Gaza and West Bank

09 August 2018

Israeli tanks fired shells at Palestinian resistance movement Hamas' posts in northern Gaza after shots were reportedly fired from the other sides of the border.

"The Israeli strike was conducted in response to the rockets launched from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory over the course of the evening and night", it said.

At least two Palestinians were wounded in raids aimed targeting a Hamas base in the southern Gaza Strip, the enclave's health ministry said.

TRT World's Mohammad Mansour reports from Gaza.

Under the agreement's terms, according to the same Hamas official, the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip would be opened on a permanent basis, and Israeli restrictions on the Kerem Shalom border crossing would also be eased "dramatically".

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Israeli media reported several residents of Sderot and other border towns were wounded by rocket fire.

Gaza health ministry said two of the victims were a pregnant Palestinian woman and her 18-month-old child, another victim was a Palestinian man.

According to the IDF, the rockets were launched from the Hamas-run enclave and two were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system.

"I am deeply alarmed by the recent escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel, and particularly by today's multiple rockets fired towards communities in southern Israel", said U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov.

The area where the rockets fell have been closed off by the police as bomb disposal units were called to the scene.

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In response, a tank targeted a Hamas position, since Israel holds the organization responsible for all violence coming from Gaza.

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

The rocket fire also comes as a senior Hamas official said United Nations and Egyptian mediated ceasefire talks between the terror group and Israel have reached "advanced stages" and a deal was expected to be signed soon.

Additionally, terrorists from the Gaza Strip ignited at least 11 fires throughout southern Israel that had to be extinguished by Israeli firefighters.

More than 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces - most during weekly protests at which thousands of Palestinians have expressed their support for the declared right of Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

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Israel rejects European Union plan to link Gaza and West Bank