Israel deals 'hardest blow' to Hamas since 2014 Gaza war

Palestinian teenager killed in Gaza border protests

He said the escalation was the result of the sustained Hamas rocket attacks, its fomenting of violence along the border and its campaign of launching incendiary kites and balloons that have devastated Israeli farmlands and nature reserves.

Meanwhile, Israeli Radio reported that more than 60 rockets and projectiles were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, adding that the rockets either were intercepted by the Iron Dome, or landed close to inhabited communities, no injuries reported.

More than 90 mortars and rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory between Friday midnight and Saturday.

"The leadership of the enemy will be fully responsible for more aggression on the Gaza Strip and will pay a very heavy price for its stubbornness", said Hamas armed wing, al Qassam Brigades, in a short press statement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will not accept a ceasefire unless all hostilities end including incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza, even as Egypt-brokered ceasefire holds after a day of intense fighting.

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"The immediate dealing with the escalation of the enemy and the immediate response reflects the status of the militants' awareness in running and ruling the conflict, sending a clear message and guaranteeing the balance of fast deterrence and this is done to force the enemy to stop escalation", said Barhoum.

The Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, said anti-occupation protests in the Gaza Strip will continue despite the Israeli regime's aggression against the besieged enclave.

Israel's army said Saturday's strikes targeted military facilities belonging to Hamas.

A pair of Palestinian teenagers who were on a rooftop when they were targeted by an Israeli air raid were reported killed.

Thick plumes of smoke rose over parts of the Gaza Strip as Israel hit dozens of targets it said belonged to militants, including a high-rise building allegedly used by Hamas as a training facility with a tunnel underneath. Severe damages were caused to nearby houses.

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Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.

Israel says it has only opened fire in self-defence or on people trying to infiltrate its territory under the cover of the demonstrations.

Since March, more than 130 people have been martyred and thousands more injured by Israeli army fire during Palestinian protests against the decades-long Israeli occupation and 11-year blockade, which has gutted the coastal enclave's economy and deprived its roughly 2 million inhabitants of basic commodities.

Hamas-led border protests are aimed in part at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007.

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