Israel launched over 80 airstrikes across Gaza

Another IDF spokesman, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, said the rocket strikes were ordered by operatives from the overseas branch of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps stationed in Syria and warned Israel may not limit its response to Gaza. Other targets included the entrance to a tunnel dug to infiltrate and attack Israel, and an anti-aircraft observation post, it said.

Israel has struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip according to the Israeli military, and Palestinian militants have fired their heaviest rocket salvoes across the border since August.

At least 39 rockets have been fired at southern Israel by the Islamic Jihad group since late yesterday, with 17 of them intercepted by the Iron Dome air defence system, and the rest hitting open fields, the army said.

Fighter jets and helicopters pounded Gaza for more than two hours, including Hamas sites, the Israeli army said in a press release.

Hamas has been pushing for the end of an 11-year siege on Gaza, imposed by Israel and Egypt, that has trapped more than two million Palestinians, and left residents with limited access to water and electricity.

In response the Israeli army carried out air strikes on around 20 Hamas targets in Gaza.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars over the past decade, and Israel and Egypt have maintained a stifling blockade on the territory to weaken Hamas.

The IDF's statement comes after the Israeli military announced that it had attacked 87 facilities of the Hamas movement, which the IDF considers responsible for all aggressive actions from the Hamas-controlled territory of the Gaza Strip.

They are also protesting over Israel's crippling blockade.

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It was not immediately clear if the new deployment would be comprised of active-duty troops or additional Guardsmen. As for Trump's long-promised border wall, one woman said border walls in general are "just wrong".

"We have seen and established a clear link between Gaza and Damascus, " he said.

The report also claimed that Greenblatt would address efforts by the Egyptians and the United Nations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas.

Earlier, five Palestinians aged between 22 and 27 died in separate incidents along the border fence, the Gaza health ministry said.

The bombing destroyed a site near the Indonesian hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, damaging the medical centre, the Ministry of Health said.

Israel accuses Hamas of orchestrating the often violent demonstrations.

On Wednesday, Egyptian intelligence officials met representatives of Palestinian factions in Gaza, the latest in a round of shuttle diplomacy between the sides. Israel said its forces were attacked with grenades and explosive devices hurled by some of the protesters, some of whom breached the border.

Israel has come under heavy global criticism for what many see as excessive use of force and the large number of unarmed people who have been shot. The internationally recognized Abbas lost control of Gaza in the 2007 takeover.

The demonstrators were taking part in weekly Friday protests at locations along the border. A Gaza militant fatally shot an Israeli soldier in July.

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