Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he had ordered the military to keep up “massive strikes” on the Gaza Strip.

The IDF must reinforce the troops around the Gaza Strip with tanks, artillery and infantry forces amid the escalation of the border standoff following rocket attacks carried out by militants.

Earlier in the day, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) stated that the number of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel had reached at least 430 in under 24 hours.

Almost a dozen Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed as well as scores injured on both sides in an ongoing spate of violence that saw hundreds of rockets launched by Gaza freedom fighters and massive air strikes by Israel.

Tensions in the Gaza Strip have further escalated early Saturday when the Israeli military said they detected dozens of rockets fired from the area.

Tel Aviv reported that a 60-year-old man was killed after a rocket slammed into his house in the town of Ashkelon, a coastal city in the Southern District of Israel.

The Israeli-Palestinian tensions have been high since March 2018, when the Palestinians had started mass protests called the Great March of Return at the Gaza border.

Since the start of the protests, nearly 300 Palestinian protesters were killed and over 17,000 were injured in clashes with Israeli security forces.

The scope of the protests has noticeably decreased last month due to the fact that the parties to the conflict have managed, with the mediation of Egypt and the UN, to agree on easing the humanitarian blockade of the Gaza Strip and other measures of social and economic support.

Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2019.

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03-11-20 16:25

Part of the Ethnic Cleansing program?