Palestinian rocket attack on Israeli city draws Gaza air strikes

Rocket fired into Israel from Gaza: Israeli army

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Terrorists in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket before dawn that crashed into a home in the southern Israeli city of Beersheva - almost 30 miles from Gaza.

Israel's defence minister said on Tuesday that months of violent Palestinian protests on the Gaza border can not be allowed to go on, urging cabinet colleagues to back tougher measures.

The Israeli police said that the rocket had damaged a residential house in Be'et Sheva.

Smoke billows following an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah on October 17, 2018.

The Israeli airstrikes came a few days after the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, along with Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, warned the Hamas movement with that the "Israeli army is edging closer to a large scale military activity in the Gaza Strip and if the ongoing border violence continues, Israel will strike the "terror group" with very powerful blows".

Palestinian protestors place their national flag on a metal structure during a demonstration on the beach near the maritime border with Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip, on October 8, 2018.

Israel's defence minister said on Tuesday that the protests could not be allowed to go on.

A mother and her three children were safe because they had gone to the bomb shelter when the warning sirens sounded. There were no reports of injuries.

At least three other Palestinians were wounded in the strikes, the Gaza health ministry said.

Israeli sappers work on a house in Beersheba that the Israeli military said was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip
Israeli sappers work on a house in Beersheba that the Israeli military said was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip

Health officials in Gaza said a 25-year-old Palestinian man, identified by Al-Mujahedeen Brigades, a small militant faction, as one of its members, was killed.

The rocket attack on Beersheba was the first in months and the first that hit an Israeli home there since the 2014 summer war between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers. Last week, some 14,000 Palestinians thronged to the perimeter fence, burning tires and throwing rocks, firebombs and grenades at soldiers stationed atop earth mounds on the other side.

Palestinians have been protesting along the border since March 30, demanding an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza and the right to return to lands that Palestinians fled or were driven from upon Israel's founding in 1948.

Tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians near the Gaza border have been mounting since late March, which marked the beginning of the Great March of Return.

He also suspended shipments of fuel that had been trucked daily into Gaza over the previous week under a deal brokered by the UN and backed by the United States, Israel and others.

"If it has any sense, Hamas will cease its fire and violent outbursts - now", he said Sunday.

Hamas has been ramping up the violent riots along the border fence in order to achieve the complete removal of what it calls the Israeli "blockade" or "siege".

Hamas clearly misinterpreted Israel's willingness to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza and apparently thought it was the beginning of Israel's capitulation.

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