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Israel bombs Gaza, Palestinians fire rockets as UN seeks ceasefire

10 August 2018

According to medical officials, the Israeli regime's airstrikes killed Enas Khammash, a pregnant Gazan woman, and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan, as well as another Palestinian. On the micro level, Kershner notes that military said that one specific strike "hit a vehicle that it said was carrying a squad that had just launched a rocket at Israeli territory".

While some local media outlets were reporting that Muhammad succumbed to his wounds early Thursday afternoon, the Gaza Ministry of Health has maintained that he is still in critical condition and being treated in the ICU.

Hundreds of Palestinian mourners took part in the funeral for the woman and the baby on Thursday in the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah.

At least 165 Palestinians have killed by Israeli fire since March 30. He was identified as 30-year-old Ali al-Ghandour.

Israel captured Gaza in a 1967 war but withdrew in 2005, while holding onto most of the separate West Bank, where Palestinians have limited self-rule. Rocket sirens were still sounding in Israeli neighborhoods on Wednesday evening, while strikes in Gaza continued.

Smoke plumes rise following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City, Aug. 8, 2018.

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Israeli warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three people were reported killed there, while Palestinian militants from the territory fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight and into Thursday morning.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Mondoweiss that they could not confirm the number of Israelis reportedly injured.

The third and fourth paragraphs detail the Palestinian rocket attacks and the Israeli air strikes, respectively, but still do not indicate that the latter were in response to the former.

A statement from the military wing of Hamas claimed responsibility for the rockets. Another night of terror & families huddling in fear as Israel defends itself.

Neither Greenblatt, the foreign ministry, nor the army made any mention of the killing of Inas Khimash and her daughter Bayan. Israel did not formally comment on the issue, but an Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, denied a cease-fire had been reached. "It's duty to respond and break the occupation".

In a statement, Hamas added that they hold Israel responsible for the latest escalation and called for global intervention "to prevent the rapid escalation on the ground".

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The statement said the building was the headquarters for Hamas's internal security service, which served as the "operational arm" of the terror group.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted an unnamed senior Israeli commander as saying that the military is "nearing launching an operation in the Gaza Strip" if the current situation persists.

A picture taken on August 9, 2018, shows people inspecting the rubble of a building targeted by the Israeli Air Force in response to a rocket attack that hit southern Israel earlier in the day on August 9, 2018. Those have hit a stumbling block as Hamas is insisting that the release include all prisoners who were part of a 2011 prisoner exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit but have since been rearrested, according to Palestinian officials, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the talks.

With fears of a new Israeli onslaught on the horizon, reports have emerged of the United Nations scrambling to negotiate a ceasefire.

Mladenov says that for months, he has warned the "humanitarian, security and political crisis in Gaza risks a devastating conflict that nobody wants". He said the destruction of the Egyptian cultural office was "an Israeli attempt to sabotage" the Egyptian ceasefire efforts.

UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov said the United Nations had engaged with Egypt in an "unprecedented effort" to avoid serious conflict, but cautioned that "the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

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The Gaza Strip is home to more than 2 million Palestinians, over 70% of which are refugees who were forcibly expelled from their homes in present-day Israel when the state was established in 1948.

Israel bombs Gaza, Palestinians fire rockets as UN seeks ceasefire