Senior Hamas official heads to Egypt for talks on Israel

Senior Hamas official heads to Egypt for talks on Israel

Israel said around 150 rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave and its air defences intercepted dozens of them.

Israeli airstrike hits Gaza City, Saturday, May 4, 2019.

The Gaza health ministry reported one person killed and seven wounded.

Israeli warplanes hit the building with at least 5 rockets after warning shots, Anadolu Agency's correspondent in Jerusalem reported.

On Friday, two Palestinians were fatally shot by Israeli forces during the weekly protests along Israel-Gaza perimeter fence.

Rocket attacks on Israel continue into the night, even after the Israel Defense Forces launched airstrikes and tank bombardments against Hamas and Islamic Jihad Targets in the Gaza Strip.

Israel says the tight blockade is needed to stop weapons reaching Gaza.

One of the attacks was claimed by the Palestinian Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), which said it fired rockets at the Israeli city of Ashkelon.

Across the border, sirens sent Israelis running to shelters as the blasts of rocket interceptions sounded overhead, and Jonathan Conricus, spokesman for Israeli military, said Israel was prepared to intensify its attacks.

Islamic Jihad, a militant group closely aligned with the ruling Hamas movement, said in a statement: "We will turn the life of Israeli settlers in the Gaza peripheries hell-like". Tanks were also targeting militants, it said. Two terrorists were allegedly killed, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

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Israel said it has closed all crossings into Gaza and the maritime zone allowed for fishing off the coast in response to the clashes. He made no explicit claim for Hamas having fired the rockets. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military. "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.

Israeli officials said a 50-year-old woman was severely wounded by rocket fire, while a teenage boy was mildly hurt as he ran for cover.

Gaza's rulers accused Israel of not honoring the deal that was brokered by Egypt, which the militants had hoped would lead to Israel scaling back the blockade imposed on Gaza in 2007.

Palestinians have been protesting against Israel since March 2018 as part of the "Great March of Return", during which Israeli troops have targeted civilians with live bullets. Israel, in response, struck military posts belonging to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing, killing two fighters.

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