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Israel hits Gaza as tensions surge on Lebanon border

Published : Saturday, 15 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 101

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES, June 14: Israeli strikes hit Gaza on Friday as truce talks with Hamas militants failed to progress and tensions surged on Israels northern border with Lebanon.
Witnesses reported the strikes in various parts of the Gaza Strip in the morning, particularly the centre.
At Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in the central city of Deir al-Balah, men gathered over the body of an 11-year-old boy who died during bombardment of nearby Bureij refugee camp.
In a black singlet, the child lay on a floor smeared with fresh blood, a white bandage covering the top half of his face, AFP images showed.
Israels military on Friday said troops continued operations in central Gaza, where warplanes had struck a militant cell and "military structure" in the Zeitun area.
After projectiles were fired from northern Gaza into southern Israel on Thursday night, artillery and aircraft hit the launch sites, the army said.
The war began after Hamass unprecedented October 7 attack on southern Israel which resulted in the deaths of 1,194 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli official figures.
The militants also seized 251 hostages. Of these, 116 remain in Gaza, although the army says 41 are dead.Israels retaliatory military offensive has left at least 37,232 people dead in Gaza, also mostly civilians, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory.
Fears of a broader Middle East conflict have surged again, with Lebanon-based Hezbollah fighters, who are backed by Iran, launching waves of rockets against Israeli military targets on Wednesday and Thursday.
Hezbollah said the strikes were retaliation for the Israeli killing of one of its commanders.
Sirens sounded on Friday morning in northern Israel, where police said munitions had fallen in the Kiryat Shmona area, with no immediate sign of victims.
Since the Gaza war began, Hezbollah and Israeli forces have exchanged near-daily cross-border fire, which have escalated.
Thursdays major attack involved rockets and "squadrons of explosive-laden drones", Hezbollah said.
The Israeli army said about 40 projectiles were launched, with most intercepted, though some caused fires.
An Israeli government spokesman vowed to "respond with force to all aggressions by Hezbollah."
Later, Lebanons National News Agency reported that Israeli "warplanes launched a raid targeting a house" in the town of Janata in Lebanons south.
Two women were killed, village official Hassan Shur said.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday his country, the United States and Israel would work together to ease tensions in the area.
"We will do the same with the Lebanese authorities," he added, speaking at a summit of the G7 democratic group of countries.    —AFP







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