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Israel appeared to be on the verge of a prolonged escalation of its conflict with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad after close to 300 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israeli communities on Saturday, prompting an Israeli response with airstrikes and tank fire.

The flare-up shattered a month-long lull in violence.

The European Union’s ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, sharply criticized the rocket attacks on Twitter, saying “firing indiscriminately against civilians (is) unacceptable.”

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.

An explosion caused by an Israeli airstrike on a building in Gaza City, Saturday.
​​Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired scores of into southern Israel on Saturday, triggering retaliatory airstrikes and tank fire. (AP)

Gaza’s Health Ministry said a Palestinian infant was killed in an Israeli airstrike.

Israeli police said a house in the coastal city of Ashkelon was damaged.

Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system shot down dozens of the rockets, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said, according to the BBC.

In response, the IDF launched air and artillery strikes against 30 Gaza sites belonging to the militant group Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, the BBC reported.

Israeli airstrike hits Gaza City, Saturday, May 4, 2019. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired at least 90 rockets into southern Israel on Saturday, according to the Israeli military, triggering retaliatory airstrikes and tank fire against militant targets in the blockaded enclave and shattering a month-long lull in violence. (AP)

Leaders of the two groups were in Egypt for talks with mediators aimed at restoring a fraying cease-fire. Hamas leaders have hoped the recent calm would pave the way for a deeper, longer-term cease-fire.

“Egypt has stepped up its efforts with Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and Israel but there is no conclusion yet,” said a Palestinian official familiar with Cairo’s mediation efforts told Reuters.

Tensions have risen in recent days amid allegations from Hamas that Israel has been delaying implementation of last month’s cease-fire understandings.

The Israeli military accused the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad of instigating this round of violence by shooting and wounding two Israeli soldiers Friday.

It said the shooting was not coordinated with Hamas, but blamed the movement for the flare-up in its capacity as the territory’s rulers.

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Tommy Ryan

    May 4, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    I wish the USA could stay completely out of involvement with the middle east…but islam has been a thorn in America’s side since the 1800’s.

    Want proof?
    Look at the words written for the US Marines Anthem:
    “…to the shores of Tripoli…”
    That was in response to the muslim pirates killing merchant vessel crews for not paying dhimitude (a “tax” non-muslims are forced to pay muslims) to the islamic nations.
    The result brought about one of the toughest US fighting forces the world has ever seen:
    The US Marine
    Take it from a former US Army administration grunt who gives credit where it’s due.

    Obozo once said “islam is woven tightly into the “American Tapestry”…I was actually threatened by campaign admins for obozo to be permanently “banned from the internet” for replying:
    “& the muslim barbaric ideology gave birth to the US Marine…that’s the only weave it ever put in the “tapestry”, Mister President.”

    The “religion of peace” & the “party of tolerance” hard at work, folks.

    Damn progressive socialism straight to hellfire.

    • Brenda Torres

      May 4, 2019 at 11:45 pm

      I AGREE…

    • Susan Croome

      May 5, 2019 at 1:38 pm

      HERE HERE, I’m with you!!

  2. LST

    May 4, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Finishing the Crusades is long past due, wipe out every last worthless raghead. Israel is too nice, they need to finish the Palestinian scum once and for all.

    • Brenda Torres

      May 4, 2019 at 11:43 pm

      AMEN..

    • JAIME.

      May 5, 2019 at 7:03 am

      RIGHT!

  3. Brenda Torres

    May 4, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Blow them off the Map Israel….

  4. Proud vet

    May 5, 2019 at 1:29 am

    They’re begging to be inoculated in Israel should wipe them out. They will never relax as evil never ever relents as it does not here in the United States lives and thrives in the communist a.k.a. Democrat party these also are begging to be in Nilay di they’re begging to be inoculated in Israel should wipe them out. They will never relax as evil never ever reliance as it does not here in the United States and lives in thrives in the communist a.k.a. Democrat party these also are begging to be Eradicated. They continue on their truck as they have in the past to disturb hate into staying between the peoples of this country to keep them at each other’s throat and even go so far as to use the agencies as weapons to go against conservatives and even to the point of using the agencies to murder and hide in the shadows so they can blame guns and disarm the American people.

  5. Kenneth Barr

    May 5, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Them people have fought for over 2,000 years, will never stop!! Just let them keep killing each other!

  6. Kevin

    May 5, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Israel has the capabilities of blowing them off the map, Stop prolonging it, Hit The Blast Button!!

  7. S. Haugen

    May 5, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Trying to negotiate with subhumans(read MUSLIMS) is like pissing yourselves to try to get warm in the cold. When do WE DELETE islam from this planet, and all it’s followers???? We did that to nazism, what is the diffrence????

    • Wahotsdad

      May 5, 2019 at 9:42 am

      There is no difference, there were two divisions of muslim Nazi SS troops that supported Hitler! They are worse than Hitler, they are focuses on world domination by any means. The sooner that is accepted and dealt with the better the world will be! There is no value to islam there is no reason for this evil to be allowed to continue existence!

  8. Leland Roth

    May 5, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Have you ever felt that is something Satanic in the way Israelis treat Palestinians?

    Well.. “Horns Up, Crosses Down! Anton LaVey Was a Zionist Gun-Runner” will solidify those beliefs, and make the reader wonder “why I didn’t put the pieces together that the Church Of Satan started partially as a Mossad gun-running front!”

    According to LaVey his finest moments in life were championing the very religious Zionist cause and the Jewish take over of Palestine, which contradicts the whole notion that LaVey was a Satanist to begin with!

    LaVey harbored hardcore Jewish Supremacist believes with the vinegar as your average Kahane-eque Zionist.
    https://rolliequaid.com/2018/04/12/horns-up-crosses-down-anton-lavey-was-a-zionist-gun-runner/
    “Have you ever felt that is something Satanic in the way Israelis treat Palestinians?
    Well.. Horns Up, Crosses Down! Anton LaVey Was a Zionist Gun-Runner” will solidify those beliefs, and make the reader wonder “why I didn’t put the pieces together that the Church Of Satan started partially as a Mossad gun-running front!”
    According to LaVey his finest moments in life were championing the very religious Zionist cause and the Jewish take over of Palestine, which contradicts the whole notion that LaVey was a Satanist to begin with!
    LaVey harbored hardcore Jewish Supremacist believes with the vinegar as your average Kahane-eque Zionist.”

    Read more: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED | The History The US Government HOPES You Never Learn! http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/node?page=1#ixzz5mzCsBWg5

  9. Frank Campo

    May 5, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Way to go Israel. Keep up the bombing. More and bigger Wipe those Muslims out.

  10. Moracle

    May 5, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    If a foreign nation fired 250 missiles into our country, I would hope we would see it as a declaration of war, and Go after them with everything we’ve got…!

  11. Silas Longshot

    May 6, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    You know, those palestinian muzlims must be an extra special kind of inbred stupid. They’ve done this zhit since 1948, attack Israel time and time again, then Israel makes muzzie-burger all over the place, whips their azzes, kills them by the train car loads until they whine for a ‘peace treaty’….which they ALWAYS use to rearm, reload, regroup….and attack Israel again. Goes with their ‘holy book’ which commands them to hate and kill Jews (and us infidels, by the way) where ever they can find them. They’ve been the same primitive social structure savages for 1600 years and will never change.

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