Israel launches scores of airstrikes as Gaza fire persists

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in meeting discussing the situation in Gaza with Defense Minister

Israeli forces said in a statement about 150 rockets were fired from Gaza and at least 25 had been intercepted.

"We don't see the end of this escalation". This will have a 6 m-high fence on top and sensors to alert operators of any suspicious activity.

Israel carries out regular attacks on Palestinians in Gaza under the pretext of hitting Hamas targets. "Hamas will lose another strategic ability, in which it invested large sums".

Islamic militant group Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip since Israel disengaged from the region in 2005.

Meanwhile, Palestinian media is reporting negotiations between Hamas and Egyptian official in Cairo are in the "advanced" stages, and Egypt is working to restore calm.

The Ministerial Committee on National Security Affairs (security cabinet) meeting ended Thursday night after four hours of discussing the situation in Gaza.

Israel responded with harsh aerial bombardments of Hamas installations, most of which are situated entirely too close to, or directly amongst, the civilian population.

At least three Palestinians died, a pregnant woman, her one-year-old daughter and a Hamas terror, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

The exchange came amid continued attempts by Egypt to broker a broad cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas.

The Palestinian news agency WAFA, citing health sources, reported at least 12 Palestinians were wounded.

In exchange for any truce, Israel wants to recover the bodies of two soldiers killed in Gaza and gain freedom for two of its civilians who wandered into the enclave.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the fresh rocket attacks into the occupied lands, saying it was avenging the deaths of two fighters killed in an Israeli tank fire in Gaza on Tuesday. Israeli fighters also struck a tunnel on the Mediterranean coast and targeted weapons and rocket manufacturing sites, as well as a military complex serving as a central logistic warehouse, the IDF noted.

He added that the bombardment also caused moderate wounds to Enas's husband, Mohammad Khammash. In May, more than 100 rockets were launched from Gaza in the worst escalation since 2014, where Israeli troops invaded Gaza, resulting in mass casualties.

All trains running between the border town of Sderot and the coastal city of Ashkelon were cancelled and the popular Zikim beach was closed.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN's special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, said on Wednesday he was "deeply alarmed by the recent escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel, and particularly by today's mutiple rockets fired towards communities in southern Israel".

The UN, he said, has engaged with Egypt in an "unprecedented effort" to avoid serious conflict, but warned that "the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

Gazans have held weekly protests against Israel at camps on the border since March 30, some of which have become violent.

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