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Israel steps up assaults in Gaza with airstrikes, shells

Israeli fighter jets kept striking the Gaza Strip overnight and at predawn on Friday, marking the fiercest fighting between the two sides since 2014 that has killed more than 120 Palestinians and nearly ten Israelis.

The Israeli army said the Israeli forces had intensively attacked posts that belong to Hamas, adding that 160 war jets, artillery, and tanks participated in the military operation.

It added that the forces hit 150 targets with 1,000 bombs and shells overnight and on Friday morning, and many of the targets were underground. The Israeli army will also continue its strikes on the militants who fire rockets at Israel, it said.

Three rockets were fired on Friday night from Syria toward northern Israel, said the Israeli military, adding one rocket fell short within Syria and the other two fell in an open field, causing no damage or injury.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants have also announced that their militants have fired more barrages of rockets into Israel.

An Israeli military spokesman said that Israeli troops had struck 750 different targets in the Gaza Strip since the fighting began on Monday.

The latest wave of violent clashes between Israel and the Palestinians, the worst since 2014, was mainly sparked by an Israeli plan to evict some Palestinian families from a neighborhood in the disputed East Jerusalem.

In the face of serious escalation of the situation between Israel and Palestine in years, Egypt has offered Israel a one-year agreement for a ceasefire, as part of mediation between Israel and Hamas, according to a report on the Al-Arabiya network early Friday. But Israel has yet to respond. This came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet Wednesday night that Israel had officially rejected a ceasefire proposal with Hamas.

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