The ceasefire between Israel and Gaza continues to be maintained

Clay Curtis
November 17, 2019

That strike, which also killed Abu al-Ata's wife, triggered nearly immediate retaliatory rocket fire from Islamic Jihad at Israel, setting off air-raid sirens and sending Israelis rushing to bomb shelters.

"Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory" and were intercepted by air defenses, the Israeli army said.

An Israeli airstrike overnight Thursday struck a home in the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah, killing eight people, including two women and five children under the age of 13.

It added that it was "currently striking Hamas terror targets" in Gaza.

Israel blamed the militant Baha Abu al-Ata for most of the rocket attacks and other terrorist activity emanating from Gaza in recent months and said he was actively preparing to launch more.

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Israeli fighter jets attacked Hamas targets in Gaza in response.

Palestinian journalists and activists, who were active during the Israeli offensive, reported that their accounts were blocked and they were unable to use them.

The United Nations demanded the Israeli authorities to move swiftly with an investigation in targeting a Palestinian family in its ongoing aggression on Gaza Strip. Dozens of Israelis were treated for injuries as they ran for bomb shelters or stress symptoms. But the man had no affiliation with the militant group, neighbors of the family told media. Having killed as many as eight members of a Palestinian family, including five children, Israel's assurance that "quiet will be answered with quiet" can not readily inspire optimism, however.

Israel's military said it would investigate "harm caused to civilians" from air raids.

The news comes two days after two rockets were fired at Israel from the Palestinian enclave and were intercepted by air defence systems.

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