A Palestinian was killed Saturday in the Gaza Strip during Israeli army bombings in response to rocket attacks on Israeli towns and villages.
According to the army, 90 rockets were fired in half an hour, some of them long-range. Most of the projectiles were intercepted by the Israeli missile defense shield and no casualties were reported.
Israeli planes and tanks responded by bombarding the Palestinian enclave, killing a 22-year-old man and wounding four, medical services reported in Gaza.
Shots targeted Hamas positions and rocket launchers, the Israeli army said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be chairing a meeting of his security council that day, sources said in his office.
On Friday, two Hamas militants were killed in an Israeli-led air strike in response to an exchange of fire along the border during which two Israeli soldiers were wounded.
Two more Palestinians were killed Friday during weekly protests in Gaza.
“The resistance will continue in response to the crimes of the occupation and it will not allow the blood of our people to be shed with impunity,” Hamas spokesman Abdel-Latif al Kanoua said in a statement on Saturday. without explicitly referring to rocket fire.
One of these shots was claimed by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), which claims to have targeted the Israeli city of Ashkelon.
This new outbreak of violence comes as in the coming days, Muslims will celebrate the beginning of Ramadan fasting and the Israelis on Independence Day.