IDF launches drill in southern Israel amid Gaza tensions

IDF launches drill in southern Israel amid Gaza tensions

IDF launches drill in southern Israel amid Gaza tensions

Israel responded with tank fire and air strikes on more than 65 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza.

The troops tried to stop the man after he attempted to run over an officer and a soldier with a "Bobcat" vehicle in Hebron, a military statement said. Instead, it demanded that Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups stop "all violent activity and provocative actions" in Gaza.

There have been no Israeli casualties during the border confrontations, but Israel has reported extensive damage to farmland from firebomb-bearing kites flown over from Gaza.

Hamas said it reached a cease-fire through mediators, while Israel said it would halt its strikes as long as there was no rocket fire.

Citing security concerns, Israel keeps a naval blockade on Gaza and tight control of its land crossings.

So far, the council has not been able to agree on so much as a press statement about what the UN's Middle East envoy has called the most serious increase in violence in Gaza since a 2014 war between Israel and the Palestinians. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that the drill, which is set to end on Wednesday, will be taking place in Kiryat Gat, Ashdod, Ashkelon and Shomria.

Najjar's body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag as the funeral procession started from the hospital and passed near her home in Khuzaa, a village near the Khan Younis that is close to the border and has served as one of five protest encampments across Gaza in recent weeks.

Israeli Air Force jets carried out 15 airstrikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip late Saturday night and Sunday morning, the IDF spokesperson reported.

The military exercises were launched a few hours after terrorists in Gaza returned to firing projectiles at Israeli communities on Saturday evening.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, the 21-year-old Razan was wearing her medical uniform when she was shot in the chest during Friday's protest at the Gaza-Israel border.

Kuwait presented its draft two weeks ago, initially calling for an worldwide protection mission for the Palestinians as protests turned violent on the Israeli-Gaza border.

The final draft called for "the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in the Gaza Strip". Her death also triggered further protests in the region.

Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza on its border.

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