Israeli Airstrikes Rock Gaza After Hamas Rockets Hit Israel (in Photos) - Pacific Standard

Israeli Airstrikes Rock Gaza After Hamas Rockets Hit Israel (in Photos)

After Hamas rockets caused injuries in Israel, the Israeli military response led to multiple deaths in Gaza.
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A week of intense violence in the Gaza Strip saw Israeli's air force bombard over 150 targets in Gaza in response to Hamas rocket fire. Though the airstrikes and rockets appeared to cease Thursday night following Egyptian-mediated negotiations, protests along the Gaza border on Friday evening turned deadly when Israeli forces shot two Palestinians, one of whom was a paramedic.

As the Washington Post reports, Israel's military said Hamas fired over 180 rocket and mortar rounds from Gaza into Israel this week; at least 11 people were injured. In response, Israel unleashed punishing airstrikes on Gaza targets, killing three Palestinians, including a pregnant mother and her young child.

This current round of violence continues four months of bloodshed in Gaza: Since March, Israeli forces have killed over 160 Palestinians. Most of those killed have been part of protests against the border, including "The Great March of Return," a movement in support of Palestinian refugees trying to return to their homes in what is now Israel.

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Smoke billows following an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on August 9th, 2018.

Smoke billows following an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on August 9th, 2018.

An Israeli man checks damage to his car after a rocket fired by militants from the Gaza Strip fell nearby in the southern Israeli town of Sderot on August 9th, 2018.

An Israeli man checks damage to his car after a rocket fired by militants from the Gaza Strip fell nearby in the southern Israeli town of Sderot on August 9th, 2018.

A relative of Palestinian paramedic Abdullah al-Qotati, who was killed while trying to help wounded protesters at the Israel-Gaza border, reacts over his body at a hospital in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on August 10th, 2018.

A relative of Palestinian paramedic Abdullah al-Qotati, who was killed while trying to help wounded protesters at the Israel-Gaza border, reacts over his body at a hospital in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on August 10th, 2018.

A fireball explodes over Gaza City during Israeli airstrikes on August 8th, 2018.

A fireball explodes over Gaza City during Israeli airstrikes on August 8th, 2018.

An Israeli policeman takes pictures on August 9th, 2018, of the damage in an empty house after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip fell in the southern Israeli town of Sderot.

An Israeli policeman takes pictures on August 9th, 2018, of the damage in an empty house after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip fell in the southern Israeli town of Sderot.

Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of 23-year-old Enas Khammash and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan during their funeral in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on August 9th, 2018. They were killed in an Israeli airstrike.

Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of 23-year-old Enas Khammash and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan during their funeral in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on August 9th, 2018. They were killed in an Israeli airstrike. 

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