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Israeli bombing kills Palestinians in new Gaza air strikes

Five Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since Monday. [Getty]

Date of publication: 13 November, 2018

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The Israeli military hit around 150 targets in the Gaza Strip since Monday afternoon, killing at least six Palestinians.

Israeli airstrikes in the northern Gaza Strip killed two Palestinians on Tuesday, the besieged Palestinian enclave's health ministry has said, raising the death toll from bombing in the last 24 hours to six.

The Israeli military said its aircraft had fired towards a militant who was part of a group launching projectiles at its territory, without confirming the death.

Barrages of Hamas rocket and mortar fire into Israel and Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip have threatened a new war between the two sides.

The ministry identified the man killed as Khaled al-Sultan, aged 26. Another person was wounded, it said.

The Israeli military says it has hit around 150 targets in the Gaza Strip since Monday afternoon, while nearly 400 rockets and mortar rounds have been fired from Gaza at Israel.

Israeli aircraft destroyed Hamas' al-Aqsa TV building in the Gaza Strip on Monday after a series of warning shots.

Hamas confirmed that the building in Gaza City was destroyed, while Islamic Jihad vowed to respond to Israel's action. 

One man was pulled dead from the ruins of a building in southern Israel, emergency services organisation United Hatzalah said, adding that a woman recovered from the same building in the city of Ashkelon was in a critical state.

The dead man was identified by police as a Palestinian from Hebron, in the occupied West Bank. A police spokesman said they were looking into the reason for his presence in the Ashkelon building.

The latest round of violence began on Sunday with a deadly Israeli special forces operation inside the Gaza Strip that killed seven Palestinians, including senior Hamas commander Nour Baraka.

Palestinian militants responded with rocket and mortar fire, as well as a missile that hit a bus and severely wounded an Israeli soldier. Israel hit back with major air strikes.

Israel has launched three major military operations on the besieged territory since 2008. The most recent, and deadly, operation took place in 2014 and killed over 2,200 Palestinians, including 500 children.

Israel has enforced a land, sea, and air blockade on Gaza for over a decade.

Gaza is one of the most densely populated territories on the planet, with two million Palestinians crammed into just 362 square kilometres, and unable to leave.

Agencies contributed to this report

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