Terrorists Launch Rockets at Israel from Gaza, Prompting Air Strikes

A Palestinian covers his face with a plastic bag to protect himself from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Israel Gaza border fence in the southern Gaza Strip

But on Saturday, both factions fired 150 rockets toward Israel, a day after an Israeli retaliatory strike killed two Hamas militants. Hamas-run Al Aqsa Voice reported that there was shelling in the north Gaza town of Beit Hanoun. A statement from Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, allied to Hamas, claimed responsibility for at least some of the rocket fire and said it was prepared for more if necessary.

A Gaza-based militant group, Islamic Jihad, uploaded a video on Saturday showing its fighters loading projectiles into a rocket launcher and threatening to attack an Israeli nuclear plant in Dimona, the Ashdod Port, refineries in Haifa and the Ben Gurion Airport, the Times of Israel reports.

The Army's Chief of the Staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi met with senior security officials to assess the situation and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was expected to be briefed in the coming hours.

Shrapnel from the Gaza rockets meanwhile wounded two Israelis; one of them was an 80-year-old woman.

Israel's Iron Dome missile-defense system shot down dozens of the rockets, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said, according to the BBC.

Protesters in Gaza demand the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel. It did not indicate if there had been any injuries.

Four Palestinians, including two Hamas militants, were killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip on Friday after two Israeli soldiers were wounded in a shooting during weekly protests on the border.

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The Gaza ministry named the men killed in the air strike as Abdullah Abu Mallouh, 33 and Alaa al-Bubli, 29, while the man killed in the clashes was 19-year-old Raid Abu Teer. In response, the Israeli Air Force bombed a Hamas target on May 3, which killed two Palestinian terrorists.

Palestinian militants and the Israeli military exchanged rockets and airstrikes through the day. Israel responded then with a massive aerial bombardment, killing more than 2000 Palestinians.

Magen David Adom, the national medical service, said Saturday that a 50-year-old woman was severely wounded in a rocket explosion.

Hamas said on Thursday that its Gaza chief, Yeyha Al-Sinwar, had traveled to Cairo for talks on efforts to maintain calm along the border and alleviate hardship in the enclave.

About two million Palestinians live in Gaza, which has suffered economically from the Israeli blockade as well as recent foreign aid cuts. Unemployment stands at 52 percent, according to the World Bank, and poverty is rampant.

Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have fought three wars since 2008 and fears remain of a fourth.

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