Israeli Jets Strike Gaza Targets After Rockets Fired Overnight

A kite flies over the border in an area where kites and balloons have caused blazes between Israel

A kite flies over the border in an area where kites and balloons have caused blazes between Israel

Palestinian militants fired as many as 45 rockets towards the Jewish state overnight on Tuesday, 13 of which landed within Israeli territory causing no damage, 7 of which were downed by the Iron Dome missile shield and 3 of which fell inside the coastal enclave.

The Gaza Strip is controlled by the Islamist movement Hamas which Israel considers its chief enemy.

"The Hamas terror organization is responsible for all events that transpire in and emanate from the Gaza Strip and will bear the effect".

Israel has carried out air raids in the Gaza Strip over the past few weeks, saying it was retaliating for Palestinians setting fire to Israeli land.

The Hamas terror group has declared that their overnight rocket barrage was a "confirmation of the message that the Palestinian resistance is the one who sets the rules of engagement the way it sees fit", Ma'an reported Wednesday morning.

A man takes a photo of a window damaged by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip that landed near it, in a Kibbutz on the Israeli side of the Israeli-Gaza border, June 20, 2018.

The flare-up comes after months of weekly rallies that have turned violent, with Israel killing more than 120 protesters and wounding thousands, many who were unarmed and far from the border fence.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned this week that Israel will not allow Palestinian terror groups to continue launching incendiary devices into Israeli territory.

Hamas said militants fired four dozen rockets and mortars in response to attacks on the group's military facilities.

"I don't intend to detail the actions we plan on Gaza", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech to graduating military officers that was aired on national radio. Kites carrying containers of burning fuel were also sent into Israel, the military said.

At least 127 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops during mass demonstrations along the Gaza border since March 30.

Meanwhile, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees is "weeks away from painful cuts" to its emergency assistance for Gaza and refugees elsewhere, because of an unprecedented gap in its budget of more than US$250 million (Dh918m), the UN Middle East envoy said Tuesday.

Israel's deadly tactics in confronting the weekly Friday protests have drawn worldwide condemnation. The Trump administration is reportedly working on a peace plan for the decades-long conflict.

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