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Palestinian killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza Strip

Palestinian killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza Strip

Approximately 70 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel, the IDF said, adding that the Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted 11 launches, with the majority of the projectiles striking open areas.

The Israeli press reported that nine Israelis had been injured.

Clashes along the Gaza border since the end of March have seen at least 163 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire.

In a statement, the Hamas terror group said: "We are delivering on our promise".

"Hamas hit the "enemy" with a large number of rockets", it said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Lieberman and IDF senior officials are now holding a situational assessment at the IDF HQ in Tel Aviv.

The Anadolu report did not specify at which stage of the truce the release would be carried out, nor whether or not it would involve releasing Hamas terrorists who are behind bars in Israel.

A watchtower of the Qassam Brigades in Al Zaytun neighbourhood was targeted by the Israeli shelling.

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The plan includes "the establishment of an airport, a port and a railway to link the Gaza Strip with the West Bank", the media said.

The escalation comes after the Hamas leadership convened for a rare meeting in Gaza on Friday.

The Hamas official reportedly said the truce agreement will begin with a two-week cease-fire trial period beginning in late August in accordance with ongoing talks mediated by Egypt.

Parts of the town have been closed off and police bomb disposal units were at the scene of the strikes, a spokesman for the force said.

"The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible for everything in and out of the Gaza Strip and will bear the consequences for the acts of terror perpetrated against Israeli civilians", the IDF said.

Twenty-four of the slain protesters were minors, the ministry has said.

More than 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces - most during weekly protests at which thousands of Palestinians have expressed their support for the declared right of Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

United Nations officials have however called for the blockade to be lifted, citing deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian enclave run by Islamist movement Hamas where 80 percent of the two million population are dependent on aid.