Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Netanyahu rushes home after burst of Israel-Gaza violence

Netanyahu rushes home after burst of Israel-Gaza violence

Israeli soldiers stand near the southern Israel-Gaza border on November 12, 2018.

Palestinians in Gaza fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel on Monday and Israel launched retaliatory air strikes, a day after an Israeli incursion prompted deadly fighting in the enclave.

At least six other Palestinians were killed during the raid along with one Israeli officer, Reuters reported.

The conversation with Putin was the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since a Russian Ilyushin 20 aircraft was shot down in Lebanon in September by Syrian anti-aircraft fire, with the loss of 14 crew, an incident that the Russians blamed on operations by the Israel Air Force in the area and that reportedly greatly angered Putin.

Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shehab said the groups chose to retaliate for the deadly Israeli incursion "so the occupation and its supporters know that the lives of our sons come with a price".

Seven Palestinians, including a local militant commander, have been killed during a covert Israeli operation in Gaza, Palestinian officials say.

The dead from the incident late Sunday included an Israeli army officer and a local commander for Hamas's armed wing.

There were no immediate details on injuries from Monday's strike on the Israeli bus.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Paris for World War I commemorations.

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In Israel, the military said it had intercepted two rockets fired from Gaza.

"I bow my head in sadness at the loss of Lt. Col. M., a glorious fighter who fell during an IDF operation in the Gaza Strip", Netanyahu wrote on Twitter.

Palestinian rioters on the Israel-Gaza Strip border, October 12, 2018.

The flare-up cast a new cloud over efforts by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations to broker a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the dominant Islamist group in Gaza.

Former Defense Minister Amir Peretz stated that the government was behaving strangely, saying it boycotts and confiscates funds from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who believes in peace, while holding negotiations with Hamas, which wants to destroy Israel.

Recent weeks have seen Israel allow Qatar to provide the Gaza Strip with millions of dollars in aid for salaries as well as fuel to help ease an electricity crisis.

On Sunday, Netanyahu defended his decision to allow through the Qatari cash to Gaza as a way to avert an "unnecessary war", maintain quiet for residents of southern Israel and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in the impoverished Gaza Strip.

Tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians near the Gaza border have been mounting since late March, which marked the beginning of the Great March of Return. Palestinian officials said that in addition to Baraka, five other Hamas men and a member of the Popular Resistance Committees were killed.

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