Gaza Strip Escalation – May 29-30, 2018 (Map, Photos, Videos)

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Gaza Strip Escalation - May 29-30, 2018 (Map, Photos, Videos)

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A military escalation between Palestinian armed groups (mostly Hamas and Islamic Jihad) and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) took place in the area of Gaza Strip on May 29-30.

This exchange of fire was biggest since 2014. According reports from the both sides, the IDF carried out strikes on at least 65 targets in Gaza. In turn, Palestinain forces launched over 100 projectiles at various Israeli targets. Sirens warning Israelis of strikes were triggered at least 166 times.

Palestinian groups described the recent increased wave of shelling on Israeli targets as a “response to the Zionist aggression and the crimes against our people and the members of the resistance.”

The escalation started early on May 29 when 22 projectiles were launched from the Gaza Strip on Israeli targets. A part of them was intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome system, but at least 10 of projectiles were not intercepted. Then, Palestinain forces carried out more strikes on Israeli targets aiming to deliver maximum damage to Israeli military infrastructure. However, at least a part of the strikes hit civilian targets or areas near.

Immediately after the first shelling from Gaza, the IDF started striking targets in Gaza. The IDF claimed that it had been targeting military facilities of Hamas and affilated groups in order to destroy their “terror” infrastructure.

“The target strikes included sheds of drones used for terror purposes, a rocket manufacturing workshop, advanced naval weaponry, military compounds, training facilities, and a munitions manufacturing site,” the IDF said commenting on one of the rounds of strikes. However, IDF strikes also targeted civilian areas.

The Israeli version of targest of the shelling from Gaza:

Gaza Strip Escalation - May 29-30, 2018 (Map, Photos, Videos)

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The IDF provided the following map showing alleged targets of the strikes:

Gaza Strip Escalation - May 29-30, 2018 (Map, Photos, Videos)

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On May 30, reports appeared that the IDF and Hamas had reached a ceasefire agreement. Hamas’s deputy chief in Gaza Khalil al-Hayya stated that “a number of mediators intervened in the past hours and an agreement was reached to return to a ceasefire in Gaza.”

However, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz denied ceasefire reports.

“Israel does not want the situation to deteriorate, but those who started the violence must stop it,” he said.

The situation is developing.

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Gaza Strip Escalation - May 29-30, 2018 (Map, Photos, Videos)

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Gaza Strip Escalation - May 29-30, 2018 (Map, Photos, Videos)

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Gaza Strip Escalation - May 29-30, 2018 (Map, Photos, Videos)

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Gaza Strip Escalation - May 29-30, 2018 (Map, Photos, Videos)

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