Israeli defense minister: Now's the time to strike Hamas

Rocket fired into Israel from Gaza: Israeli army

Rocket fired into Israel from Gaza: Israeli army

At least one Palestinian was killed on Wednesday when Israel launched air strikes across Gaza, after a rocket was sacked from the besieged enclave at an Israeli city. One Palestinian was killed, apparently while attempting to fire a rocket at Israel, and several others were reported wounded.

It follows rocket fire on the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, early Wednesday morning.

The family of three children narrowly escaped injury after their mother moved them into the safe room, with much of the rest of the house destroyed, the army said.

One Palestinian the army said was preparing a rocket launch was killed in northern Gaza.

Usually, Israeli civilians are encouraged to return to their routine as quickly as possible, but on Wednesday, school was canceled in Beersheva and areas near the Gaza Strip.

"Only two organisations in Gaza have these specific types of rockets".

Meanwhile, an Islamic Jihad leader, Khader Habib, told CNN that the militant group remains committed to the truce between Gaza and Israel but added that if strikes continue in Gaza that "the resistance will certainly not stand idly by".

"Whether it was one or the other is irrelevant from our point of view".

In response to the rocket attacks, the IDF said it launched 20 airstrikes on Hamas targets. The military said another rocket had been launched from Gaza, falling into the sea. It did not give further details.

Israel's military said it struck armed training camps in Gaza and also targeted a squad about to launch a rocket.

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On Tuesday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel was "no longer prepared to accept the level of violence we see week after week".

Lieberman also ordered the reduction of the permitted fishing zone off the Gaza coast to three nautical miles, the defence ministry body responsible for Palestinian civil affairs, COGAT, said.

It had seen thousands of litres (gallons) of fuel paid for by Qatar delivered to generate desperately needed power in the impoverished territory.

On Monday night, some 5,000 of Hamas-led Gazans streamed back to the border with Israel to once again resume their attempts to tear apart the security fence that maintains the boundary, in their fervor to carry out attacks on IDF soldiers and Jews living nearby.

Its two million residents endure routine power cuts and a chronic shortage of safe drinking water, and more than two-thirds are dependent on global aid.

Egyptian and United Nations mediators have been trying to broker a deal that would see Israel ease the blockade in exchange for a long-term truce with Hamas.

Palestinians have been protesting along the border since March 30, demanding an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza and the right to return to lands that Palestinians fled or were driven from upon Israel's founding in 1948.

Gaza's health ministry confirmed a 25-year-old Palestinian had been killed in the bombardments. A war would be "devastating for the people of Gaza and for the Israelis who live across the border", he said.

"I want to tell you today- Israel will act with great force", the prime minister said Wednesday.

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