Mideast: more rockets fired from Gaza, Israel bombs Strip

'Terrorists want to hinder peace' - Netanyahu

16 September, 18:03

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    GAZA - The Israeli army on Wednesday morning bombed a number of sites in the Gaza Strip after more rockets were launched from the Palestinian enclave towards the Jewish State, sources in Gaza said. Rockets hit Israel already on Tuesday night, during the signature in Washington of agreements to normalize relations between the Jewish State and two Arab countries - the Emirates and Bahrain - followed on Wednesday morning by more rockets and Israeli retaliatory attacks.

    Rockets were repeatedly fired on Wednesday morning from Gaza towards the western Negev and the city of Sderot, according to Israeli military radio. Previously, the broadcaster added, the Israeli air force hit targets in the Strip. Yesterday, while in Washington the peace agreement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain was being signed, two rockets were fired from Gaza towards Ashdod. Premier Benyamin Netanyahu is meanwhile returning to Israel.

    As a reaction to the rocket launches yesterday, fighter jets and helicopters hit ''10 Hamas terrorist objectives in Gaza'', an Israeli military spokesperson said. The targets included plants for the production of arms and explosives and a training base used to conduct drills to launch rockets. ''The terrorist organization Hamas - the spokesperson added - is responsible for any event originating from the Strip'', referring to the attacks Tuesday against Israeli cities.

    'Terrorists want to hinder peace' says Netanyahu

    TEL AVIV - ''I am not surprised by Palestinian terrorists'', Israeli Premier Benyamin Netanyahu said while leaving the United States, commenting rockets fired from Gaza yesterday while he was in Washington to sign peace agreements for the normalization of relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

    ''They fired against Israel during a historic ceremony. They want to hinder peace but they won't succeed. We will strike anyone attempting to strike us but we extend a hand for peace to those who want peace with us'', he continued. When he returns to Israel, he said, three urgent tasks await him: ''Fighting coronavirus, fighting terrorism and widening the circle of peace''. 

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