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Israeli Palestinian rocket attack continues, 140 Palestinians & 19 Israelis dead

Palestinian militants in Gaza renewed rocket fire on Israel early Saturday after Israeli planes bombed Islamic Jihad targets in the enclave overnight as fighting entered a fifth day.

Egypt is trying to broker a ceasefire in the flare-up, which has so far left at least 33 Palestinians and one Israeli dead.

The violence marks more than a year of renewed Israeli-Palestinian violence that has killed more than 140 Palestinians and at least 19 Israelis and foreigners since January.

The military said it hit Islamic Jihad command centers and rocket launchers in its pre-dawn operations. The grainy black-and-white aerial footage she posted showed explosions and plumes of smoke rising from the bombed sites.

Hours later, gunmen from Gaza fired rockets, blaring sirens and sending Israelis in border communities fleeing to air raid shelters. No casualties were reported.

Six top Islamic Jihad commanders have been killed since Tuesday, when Israeli forces launched a campaign against the group it says is planning attacks.

Islamic Jihad, the largest armed group in Gaza after the ruling Islamist Hamas, has since fired nearly 1,000 rockets, some deep into Israel. One woman was killed Thursday when a rocket hit an apartment in a Tel Aviv suburb.

At least four women and six children have died in densely populated Gaza, an impoverished coastal enclave blockaded by Israel and Egypt since 2007. Israel says four Palestinians were killed by errant rockets fired from Gaza, which Islamic Jihad has denied.

Islamic Jihad rejects coexistence with Israel and preaches its destruction. Top ministers of Israel’s religious nationalist government rule out any statehood sought by Palestinians in territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

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