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Israeli military says 2 Gaza rockets hit southern Israel

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Deanna Wagner | 29 June, 2020, 14:57

"There is no doubt that Hamas' options are complex because any response to the annexation will have consequences for the Gaza Strip", said Palestinian analyst Adnan Abu Amer.

His remarks come just days before Israel intends to kick-start US-backed plans to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley.

Israel jets struck ammunition and rocket "factories" in the southern Gaza Strip, the army said.

The motion to be debated at the Board, after it passed through the organisation's global division, side-steps any mention of annexation but criticises "any unilateral step by either side" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Israeli military said the airstrikes "will impede" Hamas' future abilities.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad may have been responsible for the attack, according to Gaza media, but Israel has long held that any incoming fire from Gaza is the responsibility of Hamas, a rival Islamist movement that runs the government inside the enclave.

The armed wing of the Palestinian organisation Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, has described any annexation as a declaration of war.

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That game was taking place after Arsenal knocked out Sheffield United, with Dani Ceballos scoring the victor in the 91st minute. Manchester City travel to Newcastle United to the Kings Power Stadium for their FA Cup quarter-final tie on Sunday.

In August 2019, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the UAE had reached a deal worth nearly $3 billion with Israel to supply advanced intelligence capabilities to the Gulf state, including two spy planes.

Last month, the UAE sent a cargo plane to Israel loaded with coronavirus-related aid it said was destined for the Palestinians.

Concerned about the collateral damage that could follow from allowing Israel to move ahead with its plan, Washington is reportedly considering backing the annexation of only a handful of settlements close to Jerusalem.

"We call on our people to turn this ordeal into an opportunity to get the Palestinian project back on track", he said.

"The Palestinian Authority continues to hunt down and arrest Hamas activists in the West Bank on a daily basis", fearing Hamas will resume operations in the West Bank and oust it, as it did in Gaza, he said.