The Israeli army fired, on Wednesday, several missiles into various areas of the Gaza Strip, including a building in the Sudaniyya area of northern Gaza, which was first struck by three missiles, followed by an additional six missiles, just minutes later.
Furthermore, an Israeli army drone fired a missile into a farmland near Salaheddin Gate, along the border with Egypt, south of Rafah, in southern Gaza.
Two missiles were also fired at a marine club, west of Gaza city, while Israeli tanks fired several missiles at an observation post for the al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas, east of the Zeitoun neighborhood, east of Gaza city, in addition to a number of missiles fired into farmlands east of Abasan town, east of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza.
The Israeli air force also fired a missile into an area where many Palestinians were picnicking, on the shore of Jabalia, in northern Gaza, causing damage but not injuries.
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Furthermore, the Israeli air force fired missiles into areas near the Gaza Sea Port, west of Gaza city, causing serious damage. The soldiers also fired two missiles into a resistance-run center, in the location of the former Netzarim colony, in central Gaza.
At least five more missiles were fired by the army into a Palestinian agricultural land, and a center run by the al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas, west of Jabalia refugee camp, in northern Gaza, and several missiles into another center in Rafah, in southern Gaza.
The Israeli army said it bombed several Hamas targets in Gaza, reportedly when six Israelis were injured in the Sderot settlement, in the Negev, âafter eight shells were fired from Gaza.
Israeli Ynet News said that one Israeli man, aged 23, was injured by shrapnel in his leg, and added that âtwo pregnant women in addition to a man, 42 years of age, were treated for shock,â before being moved to Barzilai Hospital.
It alleged that Hamas fighters fired live rounds at âcivil engineering equipment”, used as part of a âanti-tunnel barrier’â which is being built along the barrier with Gaza, causing damage, before the army fire a tank shell at a Hamas post.
Hamas said its fighters fired shells into nearby army posts, in retaliation to Israeli bombardment of the coastal region, and added that it has no Interest in escalation.
Hamas leaders said that they are holding talks with Egypt, to restore calm to the region, and to avoid a potentially serious military escalation.
For its part, the Israeli army said it raised the alert level along the border with Gaza, after noticing that Hamas fighters were evacuated from their posts along the border, a move that Hamas said was meant to ensure their safety, and avoid further escalation, while the army considered it as part of preparation for potential escalation.
On Tuesday, the Israeli army killed two Hamas fighters, identified as Ahmad Abdullah Morjan, 23, and Abdul-Hafeth Mohammad Seelawi, 23, in northern Gaza.
The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, issued a statement denouncing the Israeli assassination of two of its fighters, in northern Gaza, and holding Israel accountable for any future escalation.
It stated that the two fighters were part of a military training in âAsqalanâ center, one of its training locations in northern Gaza, and that many Palestinians, including political leaders of Hamas, were in attendance.
Al-Qasam issued a video of the two fighters during firing at fixed posts, and not at the army or any Israeli side, before they were targeted and killed by the Israeli soldiers.