Israeli military jets fire shells in Gaza after ceasefire deal announced

July 25, 2021 0 Comments

The Israeli military has launched at least five air strikes in the Gaza Strip overnight, in a major escalation of the conflict.

A senior military official said at least six air raids hit residential areas in the coastal enclave overnight, causing damage to structures.

It is the second time in two days the Israeli army has struck in the strip in response to the Egyptian-brokered truce.

The strikes targeted several locations in Gaza, including the coastal city of Khan Yunis, which is home to hundreds of Palestinians, and the coastal town of Ashkelon, the official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

The Israeli army says it has conducted more than 1,000 air raids in Gaza since the latest ceasefire deal was reached on Wednesday.

The deal aims to stop the fighting between Israel and Hamas, which controls the Gaza strip and has launched attacks on Israeli civilians.

The two sides agreed to an end to hostilities and the lifting of Israeli restrictions in exchange for the return of Hamas prisoners, the Israeli military says.