REPORT: Massive Israeli air strikes in Gaza following latest rocket attacks (VIDEOS/PICTURES)

BY KAT SHEPHERD / AUGUST 9, 2018 /

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The Israeli military said Thursday that it struck 180 targets in Gaza in retaliation to a massive barrage of rockets that were fired at Israel since Wednesday evening. Some 150 rockets were fired at Israel, the military said, with over 30 rockets intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Most of the rockets exploded in open areas.

Palestinian factions in Gaza declared Thursday that they consider the latest round of violence between Israel and Gaza over, saying that maintaining the peace now depends on Israel. After the statement was released, however, a rocket was fired at the city of Be’er Sheva, located some 40 kilometers from the Strip. This was the first time rockets were fired at the city since the 2014 Gaza war.

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Hours later, the IDF renewed its attacks on Gaza, destroying a building in the al-Shati refugee camp in northwestern Gaza. The strikes wounded 18 Palestinians, reports in Gaza said. According to the IDF, the five-story building was used by Hamas’s internal security forces.

Palestinian sources, however, reported that the building housed a cultural center. A source in Gaza said that the building is located near the house of senior Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh, who is from al-Shati refugee camp. A resident of the camp, where the building is located, told Haaretz that “the attacked building is an art and culture center which has no political or security use. The building also serves the Egyptian community that lives in Gaza. There is no reason to target this building other than harming a Palestinian cultural symbol.”

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