September 30, 2023

Palestinian militants in Gaza resumed rocket attacks on Israel early Saturday after Israeli aircraft bombed Islamic Jihad positions overnight as fighting entered a fifth day.

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Egypt has been trying to mediate the flare-up, which has so far killed at least 33 Palestinians and one Israeli.

The violence extends more than a year of Israeli-Palestinian violence, which has killed more than 140 Palestinians and at least 19 Israelis and foreigners since January.

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The army said it struck Islamic Jihad command centers and rocket launchers in its pre-dawn operations. Grainy black-and-white aerial footage released by it showed explosions and clouds of smoke billowing from the bombed sites.

Hours later, Gaza militants fired rockets, sounded sirens, and drove Israelis into bomb shelters in border communities. There was no news of any casualty.

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Six top Islamic Jihad commanders have been killed since Tuesday, when Israeli forces launched an operation against the group, saying it was planning attacks.

Islamic Jihad, the largest armed group in Gaza after ruling Islamist Hamas, has since fired nearly 1,000 rockets, some of them deep into Israel. On Thursday, a woman was killed in a rocket attack on an apartment in a Tel Aviv suburb.

At least four women and six children have died in densely populated Gaza, a poor coastal region blockaded by Israel and Egypt since 2007. Israel says four Palestinians were killed by Gaza rockets, which Islamic Jihad denies.

Islamic Jihad rejects coexistence with Israel and preaches its destruction.

Top ministers of Israel’s religious nationalist government rejected any state sought by the Palestinians in the territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

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