Palestinian militant groups come to blows over Israel diplomacy


Israel's military has said it will investigate the death of civilians in Gaza after an attack that it originally said targeted a leader of the Islamic Jihad group. By mid-morning, no more projectiles had been fired from Gaza. The militant group that has been ruling Gaza since 2007 was not at the centre of the latest escalation of tensions earlier this week and had not been the target of the retaliatory bombings from Israel.

"The IDF holds the Hamas terror organization responsible for events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it", the IDF statement said.

An Israeli interception missile is fired above the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on November 13, 2019, to intercept incoming short-range rockets launched from the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

"Iran uses its terrorist proxy Palestinian Islamic Jihad to strike our great ally Israel".

It then responded with its own air strikes, saying it targeted more Islamic Jihad militant sites and rocket- and missile-launching squads.

But it has so far been precarious, with fire coming from both sides on Friday after the agreement went into effect.

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Israel's military had said around 450 rockets were fired at its territory during the fighting and air defenses had intercepted dozens of them.

The overnight rocket attack came almost two days after a ceasefire ended a flare-up in cross-border violence between Israel and a smaller Palestinian militant group, Islamic Jihad.

Israel had so far refrained from attacking Hamas, which has kept to the sidelines, adhering to understandings reached through Egyptian mediators after previous rounds of fighting with Israel.

The Gathering of the Palestinian Journalists condemned this step and accused WhatsApp of being complicit in Israel crimes against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

On Thursday, Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters that the army had "wanted to keep Hamas out of the fighting". "And all of our operations were measured, proportionate and focused only on military assets belonging to Islamic jihad", he said.