Gaza violence erupts after covert op killings

An Israeli soldier stands next to an armoured vehicle in kibbutz Nahal Oz

Israel Says Carrying Out Air Strikes "Throughout Gaza Strip"

Israel has hit more than 100 targets it says are linked to militants in Gaza, including a strike that destroyed the TV station of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza.

No injuries were immediately reported and workers were believed to have evacuated after the warning shots.

"Tonight, the IDF made sure that this station won't broadcast again", the army said. Conricus said all of the buildings targeted by the Israeli military were "owned, operated and used by Hamas".

An uneasy calm followed the Hamas announcement, with no new reports of either Palestinian rockets or Israeli airstrikes for the first time since fighting erupted on Monday afternoon.

Seven Palestinian militants, including a Hamas commander, were killed yesterday as a group of Israeli special forces carried out an operation inside Gaza. The Israeli military said at least 80 rockets were launched toward Israel. A 19-year-old soldier was critically wounded and rocket attacks and Israeli retaliation fire quickly ensued.

This video shows a fire in the town of Sderot close to the Gaza border.

Hamas said that during Sunday's fighting, assailants in a passing vehicle opened fire on a group of its armed men, killing one of its local commanders, Nour Baraka.

Due to the covert nature of the operation, Israel is yet to reveal specific details about the mission, but the Israeli Defence Forces confirmed they have struck more than 20 "Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets throughout Gaza", with Haaretz reporting the number to be in excess of 70.

The fighting, triggered by a botched undercover Israeli military raid in Gaza, cast doubt over recent understandings brokered by Egypt and United Nations officials to reduce tensions.

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"The citizens of Israel owe him a huge debt", said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who made an early exit from Paris, where he and other world leaders were commemorating the end of World War I.

Israel said its Iron Dome defence system intercepted numerous 300 missiles fired from the Palestinians.

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza, told reporters that the three killed Palestinians were identified as 27-year-old Mohamed al-Tatari, 22-year-old Mohamed Oudeh and 23-year-old Hammad al-Nahal.

The overnight violence came after several months of confrontations along the Israel-Gaza perimeter fence.

Board of Deputies' president Marie van der Zyl said the UK Jewish community "stands in solidarity with the State of Israel", adding: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of those who have been killed and wounded by Hamas rockets".

Smoke rises following Israeli strikes on Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Hamas responded by lowering the intensity of the border protest last Friday.

For over seven months, Hamas has been leading protests along the Israeli border aimed in large part at breaking the blockade.

The prospects for progress appeared bright at the weekend after Israel permitted US$15 million in cash from Qatar into Gaza to pay long-delayed salaries of the Hamas-Government's civil servants to ease the suffering of the territory's two million residents and reduce tension.

On Sunday, Netanyahu defended his decision to allow through the Qatari cash to Gaza as a way to avert an "unnecessary war", maintain quiet for residents of southern Israel and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in the impoverished Gaza Strip.

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