- Title: Gaza militants fire rockets, Israel hits back with shelling and air strikes
- Date: 5th May 2019
- Summary: GAZA CITY, GAZA (MAY 5, 2019) (REUTERS) ROCKETS LAUNCHED FROM GAZA, LEAVING SMOKE TRAILS DURING SUNRISE VARIOUS OF SMOKE TRAILS IN SKY
- Embargoed: 19th May 2019 08:26
- Keywords: Israel Palestinians Gaza Hamas rocket launching air strikes
- Location: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- City: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001ADMGWUF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A rocket fired from Gaza killed an Israeli civilian on Sunday (May 5) and two Palestinian gunmen were killed in an Israeli strike as cross-border hostilities ran into their third day.
Air-raid sirens sent Israelis in the country's south, near Gaza, running to their shelters through the night as interceptor missiles blew up rockets in the sky.
Israeli police said one of the rockets launched from Gaza hit a house in the city of Ashkelon, killing one man.
Israeli bombings in Gaza shook buildings and sent Palestinians fleeing for cover. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group said two of its men were killed in an Israeli raid before dawn.
Egyptian and U.N. mediators, credited with brokering ceasefires in previous rounds of violence, were working to prevent further hostilities.
The latest round of violence began on Friday (May 3) when a Palestinian Islamic Jihad sniper fired at Israeli troops, wounding two soldiers, according to the Israeli military who retaliated with an air strike that killed two militants from the armed Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza.
Since Saturday, Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants fired more than 400 rockets at Israeli villages and cities, the military said, and Israel hit back with tank shelling and air strikes at some 200 targets in Gaza.
(Production: Mohammed Shanaa, Lee Marzel, Lianne Back)
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