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GAZA CITY, June 20, 2018 (News Wires) - Israeli jets struck 25 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Wednesday, leaving behind a number of Palestinians injured.

Two Hamas security men were lightly hurt in one air strike in the southern Gaza Strip, residents said.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli warjets shelled three posts in eastern and western Rafah. Israel also shelled posts in Khan Younis, Sheikh Ajlin district in Gaza City, eastern Wusta governorate in Gaza City and Beit Lahia.

Hamas had earlier launched rockets at Israeli territory. Air raid sirens and Israeli phone warning applications sounded throughout the pre-dawn hours.

The Israeli military said its Iron Dome anti-missile shield intercepted seven rockets.

In recent weeks, Palestinians have sent kites dangling coal embers or burning rags across the Gaza border to set fire to arid farmland and forests, others have carried small explosive devices in a new tactic that has caused extensive damage.

At least 127 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops during mass demonstrations along the Gaza border since March 30 and the men sending the kites over the fence believe they have found an effective new weapon.

RAMALLAH, June 19, 2018 (MENA) - Mufti of Al Quds Sheikh Mohammed Hussein on Tuesday called for adopting a prompt action to protect Al Aqsa Mosque against the Israeli occupation practices.

In a released statement, he described the Israeli practices as posing real danger to the mosque.

He condemned storming the mosque by Israeli police and allowing settlers to desecrate the holy site by conducting marriage rituals inside it while preventing Muslims from praying there.

These Israeli practices are taking place while the US administration is adopting a racist policy against the Palestinians through supporting the Israeli occupation, he pointed out.

He urged the Arab and Muslim peoples and their leaders to intervene for stopping these dangerous Israeli acts against the mosque and the holy city of Al Quds.

GAZA CITY, June 19, 2018 (MENA) - Israeli forces opened fire on Tuesday at a group of shepherds east of Deir al Balah in the Central Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said the shooting took place near Kissufim military post.

Israeli forces also opened fire at a number of Palestinian youths who approached the military gate east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

GENEVA, June 19, 2018 (News Wires) - Israel’s use of live ammunition against Palestinian protesters in Gaza has left health workers struggling to cope with an unprecedented crisis, with more than 13,000 wounded, a senior Red Cross official said.

At least 132 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the protests at the border with Gaza began at the end of March.

Robert Mardini, head of Middle East for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told reporters that the “vast majority” of the 13,000 hospitalsed protesters had suffered severe wounds, including multiple gunshot wounds.

“This is I think a crisis of unprecedented magnitude in the Gaza Strip,” said Mardini.

The Red Cross is planning to open a new 50-bed surgery unit at Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital to help deal with the surge in gunshot wounds.

Some 1,400 patients have been hit by three to five bullets, many in the legs, which require several complex orthopedic and reconstructive surgeries.

Mardini said the Red Cross was holding talks with Israeli defense forces to minimize civilian harm.

 

 

JERUSALEM, June 18, 2018 (News Wires) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman on Monday to discuss regional developments, Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s commitment to maintaining the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem,” the statement said.

 
 
 
 

TEL AVIV , June 18, 2018 (News Wires) - Israel has indicted a former cabinet minister on suspicion of spying for Iran, Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service said on Monday.

In a statement, the Shin Bet said Gonen Segev, energy minister from 1995 to 1996, had been living in Nigeria and “was recruited by Iranian intelligence and served as an agent”.

Investigators found that Segev made contact with officials at the Iranian embassy in Nigeria in 2012 and that he visited Iran twice for meetings with his handlers, the Shin Bet said.

Segev, it said, received an encrypted communications system from Iranian agents and supplied Iran with “information related to the energy sector, security sites in Israel and officials in political and security institutions”.

The Shin Bet said Segev, 62, put some Israelis involved in the security sector in contact with Iranian intelligence agents, introducing the Iranians as businessmen.

Segev’s attorneys, contacted by Reuters, declined immediate comment.

Segev, a physician, was jailed in Israel in 2004 after being convicted of attempting to smuggle Ecstasy pills into the country. He left Israel in 2007 after his release from prison.

The Shin Bet said Segev was arrested during a visit to Equatorial Guinea in May and extradited to Israel, where he is being detained. He was indicted on Friday.

Israel has long been locked in a shadow war with arch-foe Iran, which supports Islamist guerrillas in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon and whose nuclear program is widely believed to have been targeted repeatedly by Israeli saboteurs.

In January, Israel said it had cracked a Palestinian militant cell suspected of having been recruited and handled by Iranian intelligence officers who worked out of South Africa. The suspects’ lawyer denied the charges.

 
 
 
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