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Israel kills senior Gaza commanders as rockets cause first death in Israel

Israel kills senior Gaza commanders as rockets cause first death in Israel

ISRAEL killed two senior Islamic Jihad commanders, pressing an operation that has cost 28 lives in the Gaza Strip including women and children, while Palestinian cross-border rocket salvoes inflicted a first fatality in Israel. Signalling no imminent let-up after three days of strikes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said operations were proceeding at full pace. "Whoever comes to harm us - his blood is forfeit," he said in a videotaped statement issued during a visit to an air base. As the firing continued, Egypt hosted senior Islamic Jihad official Mohammad al-Hindi in Cairo to try to mediate an end to…
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Rockets fired from Gaza after Palestinian hunger striker dies in Israeli custody

Rockets fired from Gaza after Palestinian hunger striker dies in Israeli custody

PALESTINIAN armed groups fired salvoes of rockets from Gaza into southern Israel after an Islamic Jihad leader died in Israeli custody following an 87-day hunger strike, the first such death in more than three decades. Khader Adnan, who was awaiting trial, was found unconscious in his cell and taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead after efforts to revive him, Israel's Prisons Service said. Hundreds of people took to the streets in blockaded Gaza and the occupied West Bank to rally in support of Adnan and mourn his death, which Palestinian leaders described as an assassination. In Gaza,…
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Ukrainian rockets hit Russian-held area as Kyiv readies southern counter-attack

Ukrainian rockets hit Russian-held area as Kyiv readies southern counter-attack

TOM BALMFORTH and PAVEL POLITYUK UKRAINE said it had carried out a long-range rocket strike against Russian forces and military equipment in southern Ukraine, territory it says it is planning to retake in a counter-offensive using hundreds of thousands of troops. The strike hit an ammunition dump in the town of Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region and killed 52 Russians, Ukraine's military said. It came after Washington supplied Ukraine with advanced HIMARS mobile artillery systems which Kyiv says its forces are using with ever greater efficiency. A Russian-installed official in Kherson gave a different version of events. He said…
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Russia says it’s stepping up operations as more rockets hit Ukraine

Russia says it’s stepping up operations as more rockets hit Ukraine

TOM BALMFORTH and MAX HUNDER RUSSIA has ordered its forces in Ukraine to step up operations, its defence ministry said, as rockets and missiles pounded the country in the latest of a series of bombardments that Kyiv says have killed dozens of people in recent days. In the latest strikes, missiles hit the northeastern town of Chuhuiv in Kharkiv region, killing three people including a 70-year-old woman and wounding three, regional governor Oleh Synehubov said. To the south, regional governor Valentyn Reznichenko said more than 50 Russian Grad rockets fell on the city of Nikopol, on the Dnipro River. Two…
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