Israel: Israel strikes Gaza, Palestinians fire rockets as truce offer persists

GAZA/JERUSALEM: Palestinian militants in Gaza resumed firing rockets into Israel early Saturday after an Israeli plane bombed Islamic Jihad targets in the enclave overnight, as the fighting entered its fifth day.
Egypt has tried to broker a soaring truce, which has so far left at least 33 Palestinians and one Israeli dead.
The violence extends more than a year of upsurge in Israeli-Palestinian violence that has killed more than 140 Palestinians and at least 19 Israelis and foreigners since January.
The army said it struck Islamic Jihad command centers and rocket launchers during its pre-dawn operations. Granular broadcast black-and-white aerial footage showed explosions and clouds of smoke rising from bomb sites.
Hours later, militants in Gaza fired rockets, sounded sirens and sent Israelis in border communities running towards bomb shelters. No casualties were reported.
Six senior Islamic Jihad commanders have been killed since Tuesday, when Israeli forces launched a campaign against the group, saying it was planning attacks.
Islamic Jihad, the largest armed group in Gaza after the ruling Islamist Hamas, has since fired nearly 1,000 rockets, some deep into Israel. A woman was killed Thursday when an apartment was hit by a rocket in a suburb of Tel Aviv.
At least four women and six children have died in the densely populated Gaza Strip, an impoverished coastal territory blocked by Israel and Egypt since 2007. Israel says four Palestinians were killed by misfires from Gaza rockets, which the Islamic Jihad denied.
Islamic Jihad rejects coexistence with Israel and preaches its destruction. Senior ministers of Israel’s religious nationalist government rule out any state sought by Palestinians in territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.


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