Israeli fighter planes hit the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after the first rocket fire from the Palestinian territory hit Israeli city in a few weeks to avert a new war.
Gaza's Islamist ruler Hamas denied the rocket fire, saying they rejected "all irresponsible attempts" to undermine Egyptian efforts to bring about a new long-term ceasefire.
Israel has also closed its border crossings with Gaza in retaliation and further isolated the blocked enclave, where worsening living conditions have worsened violent protests along the border.
fired two missiles before dawn, one of which struck the town of Beersheba 40 kilometers away, the Israeli army said
One in three children narrowly escaped injury after their mother had taken her to the safe room , where a large part of the house was destroyed.
"At 4:00 am (0100 GMT) Israelis were in the city of Beersheba. I ran to the air raid shelters after a rocket from the Gaza Strip was fired in Israel," the army tweeted.
The other rocket came into the sea off Tel Aviv, 70 kilometers from Gaza. 19659009] Following a meeting with high-level security officials on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised an energetic response.
"Israel views the attacks on the border fence on Beersheba with the utmost seriousness – everywhere," he said, referring to months of violent protests in Gaza.
"If the attacks do not stop, we will stop them, and I would like to tell you today – Israel will take very strong measures."
– "Full responsibility" –
Hamas and the militant group Islamic Jihad condemned the recent rocket fire as "irresponsible".
But Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus denied the denial on the grounds that Hamas had "full responsibility" as the de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip.
Retaliatory strikes hit 20 targets, including a Hamas attack tunnel and a "progressive weapons factory," he said. They killed a Palestinian in the north of the Gaza Strip whom the army claimed would launch a rocket.
The military released a video in which a man near the border prepared a missile for launch before being hit by a rocket attack. At least three other Palestinians were injured in the strike, the Ministry of Health said in Gaza.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered the blockage of the two Israeli border crossings to Gaza as a retaliatory measure, causing the severely restricted Rafah to cross Egypt with the Enclave's only door to the outside world.
Lieberman also ordered the reduction of the permitted fishing zone off the Gaza coast to three nautical miles out of six, his ministry said.
Lieberman has already suspended fuel deliveries, which were shipped daily to Gaza following a deal negotiated by the United Nations.
Thousands of gallons of gas paid by Qatar for much needed energy in the impoverished area were seen.
– "Dangerous Escalation" –
Hamas has had three wars with Israel since 2008, and fears of a fourth have spurred the efforts of Egypt and the United Nations to another agreement that will block Israel's blockade in the country Exchange for a long-term ceasefire with Iran would ease Islamists
At a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday, UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov described the recent rocket launches as a "dangerous escalation."
"Unfortunately, they fit in Samples of professionals Calling to bring Israel and Gaza into another deadly conflict and confrontation, "he said, pledging to work with all sides to prevent one.
Gaza-fired" indiscriminate "rockets "totally unacceptable."
Rivlin said that there could be no easing of the blockade, while the Israelis continue to b would be attacked on rockets.
"As long as the rockets and the provocation continue, there is no chance to ease the suffering of the people of Gaza," he said.
Rivlin praised the Israeli response in Beersheba and said the mother had saved her family.
The UN says Israel's 11-year blockade has led to a "catastrophic" humanitarian situation in Gaza. 19659032] History Continues
Its two million inhabitants suffer routine blackouts and a chronic shortage of clean drinking water, and more than two-thirds rely on international aid.
The latest flare comes after months of Palestinian pro's trials along the Gaza border, which have received a deadly response from Israeli troops.
The demonstrators called for an end to the Israeli blockade and the right of return to Israel, from which their families were expelled or fled in 1948, which accompanied its creation.
Since the protests began on March 30, at least 207 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.
An Israeli soldier killed by Palestinian sniper fire during the same period.
Clouds of smoke in the city of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip after an Israeli air raid on October 17, 2018, one in 20 mounted in response to the first rocket fire from the Palestinian territory in weeks
An Israeli sapper investigates the damage of one Family house in the central city of Beersheba, caused by a rocket fired from Hamas-operated Gaza Strip on October 17, 2018
Injured Palestinians are being treated at the Najjar hospital in Rafah after Israel carried out about 20 ai Attacks on the Gaza Strip on October 17, 2018
A Palestinian security guard investigates the destruction of an Israeli air raid on the city of Rafah on the southern Gaza Strip on October 17, 2018