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Israel said striking in Gaza as Hamas insists ceasefire reached – Israel News

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After a rocket from Gaza hit central Israel Monday, the Israeli air force launched an offensive striking Hamas targets in the Strip.

Seven people were wounded Monday in the early morning after a house north of Tel Aviv was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short his visit to Washington and return to Israel. 

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Local councils and cities near the Gaza border as well as in central and northern Israel opened bomb shelters in preparation for responses to the offensive.

Monday, 11:47 P.M.

Two alarms were activated in the Eshkol Regional Council near the Gaza Strip. 


Monday, 11:32 P.M.

The Israeli military says that 30 rockets were launced at Israeli territory before 10 P.M., with Iron Dome shooting down several of them and the majority falling in open fields.

Monday, 11:06 P.M.

Palestinian factions say the latest barrage targeting border communities was a response to Israeli attacks.

Monday, 10:52 P.M.

Despite reports of cease-fire, Iron Dome air defense system intercepts rockets over Gaza border communities after sirens blare in Sderot and regional councils Eshkol and Sha’ar HaNegev.

Monday, 10:39 P.M.

Media outlets in Gaza report of several strikes along the Strip. Hamas sources tell Turkish state news agency Anadolu “the factions cooperated with the Egyptian effort for a cease-fire and will be bound to it if Israel doesn’t strike.”

An Islamic Jihad spokesperson echoes the statement, says the organization agreed to a “quiet for quiet” cease-fire, and warns Israel of continued aggression. 

Monday, 10:13 P.M.

Popular Resistance Committees spokesman Mohammed Elbarim says “a great Egyptian effort managed to achieve a cease-fire, but we continue to follow developments in the field.”

Monday, 9:50 P.M.

Hamas media reports Egypt has managed to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and the Gaza factions.

Monday, 9:50 P.M.

Gaza Health Ministry reports seven total people wounded since Israeli strikes began.

Monday, 9:38 P.M.

Gaza Health Ministry reports three wounded were evacuated in light to medium condition to a hospital after an Israeli strike in the northern Gaza Strip.

Monday, 9:35 P.M.

Gaza factions war room warns that if the Israeli offensive persists, the coastal city of Ashdod will enter the launch radius.

Monday, 9:30 P.M.

House struck by Gaza rocket in Mishmeret on March 25, 2019.
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Rocket sirens sound off in several Gaza border communities.

Monday 9:27 P.M.

Rocket hits home in Sderot. No casualties reported.

House struck in central Israel struck by rocket on March 25, 2019.
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Monday, 9.26 P.M

The joint war room of the Gaza factions announces they have begun launching rockets towards Sderot and Netiv Ha’asara in response to “Israeli aggression in the Strip.”

Monday, 9:24 P.M.

Senior Israeli official say there’s a “high-quality target bank” for the operation, which was presented to and approved by Netanyahu.

Monday, 8:40 P.M.

There are reports in Gaza that the offices of Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh have been hit. The Israeli army confirmed the attack.

Monday, 8:17 P.M.

The Gaza Health Ministry says one man was evacuated to the hospital after strikes hit eastern Gaza City.

Monday, 8:16 P.M.

European Union releases statement reiterating its commitment to Israel’s security, says “Rocket attacks from Gaza and any other violent actions or provocations by Palestinian militants in Gaza must stop immediately.”

Monday, 8:15 P.M.

An explosion was heard in the Eshkol Regional Council following rocket sirens. No casualties or damage has been reported thus far.

Monday, 8:06 P.M.

The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, reportedly met Monday with a Hamas delegation in Beirut led by senior Hamas official Saleh al-Arouri.

Monday, 7:55 P.M.

The Israeli army says it bombed Hamas’ public security offices in Gaza City, the third terror asset it claimed it struck since this round of aggressions began. Hamas confirmed the strike.

Monday, 7:45 P.M.

In an interview for Channel 13, acting Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said the offensive is the most expansive action Israel has taken in Gaza since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.

Monday, 7:05 P.M.

Sources in Gaza also reported the strikes are targeting Hamas training and military outposts. Reports have also said civilian buildings have been bombarded in the strikes. All hospitals in the Strip are on alert, and residents have been asked to show vigilance. An official notice stated schools across the Strip would be closed on Tuesday.

Monday, 7:02 P.M.

The Israeli army said it struck a three-story building in the Strip, claiming it served as headquarters for several wings of Hamas’ intelligence apparatus. The statement called the building a central asset of the organization.

Reports in the Strip say the building is used by a well-known insurance company.

Monday, 6:10 P.M.

Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh said “any crossing of red lines would be met with a response,” and that this offensive must be faced with “a unified front.”

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Earlier Monday, the Israel Defense Forces said that the rocket, which struck a home in the community of Mishmeret in the early hours of the morning, was fired from a Hamas position near Rafah in the southern Strip, some 120 kilometers away. The military said the rocket was manufactured by the group.

The military sent two infantry brigades and armored forces to southern Israel and is preparing to call up thousands of reservists, including some from the Air Defense Command, the Intelligence Corps and the Home Front Command. 

The military has not issued the usual formal orders for an immediate reserve call-up, but is instead telling reservists to prepare for a call to duty in the event of a significant escalation. This is the first time in years that the IDF is taking such a step.

Israel also closed the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings into the Gaza Strip.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East process, said earlier Monday that the UN is “working intensely with Egypt and all sides” to reduce tensions.

Islamic Jihad warned the “Zionist enemy against attacking the Strip,” saying they would “respond with force” to any attack. A statement on behalf of the armed groups in Gaza said that if Israel strikes the Strip, “all Israeli targets will be in the range of fire.”

The rocket attack on central Israel left a 60-year-old woman in moderate condition, with her husband sustaining light wounds; a man and woman, both 30, were lightly wounded along with their 3-year-old and 6-month-old; and a 12-year-old neighbor was also lightly wounded. The 12-year-old, 6-month-old and 30-year-old woman remain hospitalized, while the others have been released. 

The army confirmed that the Iron Dome defense system had not been activated Monday morning when the rocket hit because rocket fire toward the center of the country was not expected at the time.

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