UPDATED: Israeli strikes on the Palestinian territory

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As rockets continued to be fired from Gaza towards Israel on Sunday, Israeli Police announced that two people killed in Ashkelon by rocket fire from Gaza.

Militants in the Gaza Strip have fired more than 400 rockets into Israel, the Israeli army says, prompting air strikes and tank fire on the Palestinian territory.

 

Earlier three Israelis were wounded by the rockets, while Israeli fire killed four Palestinians. including a mother and her baby daughter, Gaza officials say. The injured on the Israeli side include two men in Ashkelon, 10km north of Gaza.

Conflict in Gaza Strip
A rocket fired from Gaza flies towards Israel, in Gaza City. Photo: EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER

However, Israel said the mother and baby were killed by a Palestinian rocket that fell short of its target.

Conflict in Gaza
Relatives of fourteen-month baby girl Seba Abu-Arrar mourn during her funeral with her relative woman in Al-Zaitun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, 05 May 2019. According to media reports, Hamas announced a total of four Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, include a woman and her 14-month-old daughter.

This flare-up followed a truce in the run-up to Israeli elections in April.The violence began during weekly Friday protests in Gaza against the tight blockade of the area. Israel says this is needed to stop weapons reaching Gaza.

A Palestinian gunman shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers at the boundary fence. The IDF blamed Islamic Jihad for the shooting.

Four Palestinians, including two Hamas militants, were killed on Friday after an attack injured two Israeli soldiers.One of the Israeli air strikes hit the offices of Turkish news agency Anadolu, prompting condemnation from Istanbul.

Israeli air strikes and tank fire hit Palestinian territory
A Palestinian inspects a building damaged after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, 05 May 2019. EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER

The latest violence marks yet another increase in hostilities despite attempts by Egypt and the United Nations to broker a longer-term ceasefire.

In the meantime,  the Eurovision festivities are officially underway,  amid tight security, as the first of the 40 Eurovision delegations from around the globe began arriving in Tel Aviv on Friday ahead of the competition which kicks off Tuesday, May 14.

Via The Jerusalem Post / BBC