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Israel strikes Gaza after rockets fired from enclave

Israel strikes Gaza after rockets fired from enclave

At least 9 Israelis were wounded when Gaza militants fired scores of rockets into Israel and the Israeli military responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress towards a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade.

The ministry said Enas was also pregnant.

Smoke plumes could be seen rising from Gaza City Wednesday evening.

"As of now, approximately 70 rocket launches were identified from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory".

Her husband was reportedly injured.

The Israeli army earlier on Wednesday said Palestinians fired at least 36 rockets across the border. A member of the Hamas' armed wing was also killed.

"Hamas hit the "enemy" with a large number of rockets", it said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off a trip to Colombia this week to attend to the Gaza truce talks and was due to convene his decision-making security cabinet on Thursday to discuss the situation.

Clashes along the Gaza border since the end of March have seen at least 160 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire.

Palestinian sources said it was a drone attack, while the Israeli statement said it was tank fire.

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A watchtower of the Qassam Brigades in Al Zaytun neighbourhood was targeted by the Israeli shelling.

The Swedish vessel, named "Freedom for Gaza", was intercepted on August 4th and taken to Israel's port Ashdod its organizers said - the second such boat of the "Freedom Flotilla" prevented from reaching Gaza.

The cross-border violence comes soon after a delegation of senior Hamas officials visited Gaza to discuss a ceasefire agreement with Israel proposed by Egypt and the UN.

United Nations and Egyptian-led efforts are under way to mediate a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas that would end a four-month surge of violence along the Israel-Gaza border.

Gaza residents reported several Israeli airstrikes after the Palestinian rocket barrage.

Parts of the town have been closed off and police bomb disposal units were at the scene of the strikes, a spokesman for the force said.

A statement from the military wing of Hamas, the Islamist group that runs Gaza, claimed responsibility for the rockets. Twenty-four of the slain protesters were minors, the ministry has said.

The footage was released by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and shows one rocket explode midair, but then a huge explosion causes mass panic and screams from school children.

Protesters demand the "right of return" to their homes and villages in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

Israeli forces have launched three military assaults on the Gaza Strip since 2008.