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1,600 rockets fired from Gaza, 7 Israeli deaths: Military

After the new round of battle started earlier this week, Palestinian rebels have launched more than 1,600 rockets from Gaza at Israel, Israel’s military said on Thursday.

Around 400 aircraft were shot down over Gaza, military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told DPA.

Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defense system manages to intercept missiles with an overall effective rate of about 90%, he said.

Since Monday’s missile launches started, Israel has lost seven people – six citizens and one soldier.

Israel’s military has struck about 600 targets in Gaza, including missile manufacturing and storage facilities.

A tunnel was also attacked, which Conricus said was partly used to conceal fighters and was constructed underneath a school in a densely populated city.

Conricus did not have specifics on the arsenals possessed by Palestinian militants.

They had a sizable amount and continue to have a sizable amount, he said.

Israel holds Islamist Hamas, the Gaza Strip’s de facto authority, responsible for any threats from Gaza.

Israel and the European Union have designated the organization as a terrorist entity.

During the overnight assaults, a direct assault was made on Petah Tikva, outside Tel Aviv, and five people were taken to hospital with moderate injuries, according to a police spokesperson.

Israel’s military claimed that overnight, its fighter jets attacked Hamas’ main bank, one of its naval power squads, and counter-intelligence facilities.

Dozens of people have been killed in the current flare-up of terror, the majority of them in Gaza, which has pushed Hamas and Israel to the verge of conflict.

The bombings and missile attacks came in response to recent violent protests at the Jerusalem holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

The international community has urged an end to the abuse.

In a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden denounced Hamas and other terrorist groups’ missile attacks and expressed support for “Israel’s rightful right to defend itself and its citizens, while defending civilians.”

Later that evening, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, emphasizing the importance of de-escalating tensions.

Abbas leads the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is not affiliated with Hamas.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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