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Palestinian Baby Dead, Pregnant Mother Hurt In Israeli Strike

05 May 2019

The Jerusalem Post quoted a spokesperson for the municipality of Ashkelon, near the embattled Palestinian enclave, as confirming that several rockets were intercepted by Israeli missile defences.

The violence between Israel and Palestine kicked off on Friday, when a sniper from the Islamic Jihad fired at Israeli troops across the border wounding two of them, according to the Israeli military. Two other Palestinians were also killed by Israeli forces.

There are no reports of any casualties in Israel from the rocket fire.

A pregnant Palestinian mother and her one-year-old baby have been killed in a wave of Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip, shattering a month-long lull in violence in the besieged enclave.

This came after four Palestinians were killed and 51 injured in clashes with Israeli forces along the border fence on Friday.

Islamic Jihad, a Hamas-allied group, said its head will also attend the meetings.

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There were no flight cancellations and the airline expects operations to be back to normal by early evening, the spokesman said. The system has been restored. "We are undertaking a full investigation to understand the root cause and prevent a recurrence".

On the Israeli side of the border, an 80-year-old woman was severely wounded in a Palestinian rocket strike on the city of Kiryat Gat, and remains in "serious condition". Israeli retaliatory airstrikes killed two Hamas militants.

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A senior Israeli official told Channel 13 news that there is growing understanding there will not be an immediate return to calm on the southern border, with an expectation of "at least two to three days of fighting". The army says it is targeting only military sites in its response to the rocket fire.

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas brokered by Egypt and the United Nations quashed the turmoil in the area for the past month, during which Israeli voted in the April 9 general election.

Gazans have been holding weekly demonstrations along the border with Israel for more than a year, protesting the dire humanitarian situation in the strip that worsens daily and the ongoing land, sea and air blockade imposed by Israel since Hamas forcibly took power in 2007. He made no explicit claim for Hamas having fired the rockets. "Even as the exchange of fire is worsening, the contacts in Cairo between the Hamas and Islamic Jihad delegations and Egyptian intelligence are becoming more intense", the source said.

Israel and Egypt have imposed a blockade on Gaza for over a decade, citing security reasons.

Palestinian Baby Dead, Pregnant Mother Hurt In Israeli Strike