Incredible footage of Israel intercepting mid-air rocket from Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the violence broke out after militants shot at an IDF vehicle in Gaza on Wednesday.

Three Palestinians were killed and many others severely injured on predawn Thursday due to the continuous Israeli airstrikes carried out over the besieged Gaza Strip. "The "Iron Dome" aerial defence system intercepted 11 launches, the majority of the rockets hit open areas", the IAF said on its Twitter account. At least two Israelis were injured by glass shards, the medical organization Magen David Adom reported.

On Thursday, the IDF destroyed a five-story building allegedly housing Hamas' internal security service and offices of the group's senior response to a rocket fired at Beersheba, almost 40km from the border with Gaza.

Air raid sirens signalling incoming rocket fire continued in southern Israel on Thursday morning, raising the likelihood of further Israeli reprisals.

Sirens sounded in Israeli areas near Gaza, warning residents to seek immediate shelter, the Israeli army said.

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

Also. ABC News reported that Israeli combat aircraft struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three people were reported killed there.

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

The conflagration came as Egypt and UN-led efforts had been underway to reach a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas to bring to an end months of violence along the border and ease tensions in the impoverished Palestinian enclave.

An explosion is seen during an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Aug. 8, 2018.

At least two Israelis were hurt by the rockets, rescue services said.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli army missiles have killed a pregnant Palestinian mother, and her infant daughter, 18 months of age, in central Gaza.

Shortly after, the BBC responded to the Israeli complaints and edited the headline slightly by adding "after rockets hit Israel" without explaining the reason behind the edit.

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

The Hamas deputy chief Khalil Al-Hayya told Al Jazeera TV on Wednesday that talks mediated by the United Nations and Egypt to bring calm to the region were in "advanced stages." according to Reuters.

Jason Greenblatt, a United States envoy who has been involved in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, pointed a finger squarely at Hamas for the escalation of violence.

"I made it clear that Gaza will not be linked to Judea and Samaria [the West Bank]", Katz told Israel Broadcasting Corporation, according to Anadolu.

On Wednesday, UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov condemned the Hamas rocket fire and called for both sides to step away from the brink.

  • Rogelio Becker