Botched Israeli raid in Gaza sparks violent exchanges

Botched Israeli raid in Gaza sparks violent exchanges

In a statement on Monday night, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned the Israeli attacks, saying such crimes prove that the Israeli regime is the embodiment of state terrorism in the Middle East.

Israeli media reported that one mortar bomb hit a bus, severely wounding a 19-year-old man.

Medics also said six people from the southern Israeli city of Sderot were lightly wounded.

The soldier who was injured was apparently standing outside the bus when the Kornet anti-tank guided missile was sacked from the Gaza Strip. Air sirens sounded in communities near the Gaza border and in the Dead Sea region.

Earlier Monday, thousands of mourners buried the seven militants killed in Sunday's incursion.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, a smaller militant group, said Monday's rocket fire was revenge for the Israeli incursion.

Hamas, the militant group that has ruled Gaza since 2007, launched a feverish security sweep across the territory, setting up checkpoints across the territory in a show of force after what appeared to be a major security breach for the militant group.

Violence has flared regularly along the Israel-Gaza border since Palestinians began protests on March 30 to demand rights to land lost to Israel in the 1948 war of its creation. The organizers cited "the ongoing security situation".

There were no reports of injuries or damage in Israel in the incidents on Sunday, but the military said a lieutenant-colonel, identified only as "M", had been killed in the raid and another officer wounded.

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Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, released a statement after the raid claiming Israeli forces "infiltrated this evening in a civilian car" and opened fire on a group of its armed men near the city of Khan Younis, killing one of its commanders, Nour Baraka.

Israel hasn't consistently determined the perimeter of this access-restricted area along the fence with Gaza, and it has often employed deadly violence to ward off Gaza residents.

The U.N. said it was working with Egypt to broker a halt in the violence.

It called for an end to rocket fire, and for restraint "by all".

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he hoped to reach an "arrangement" to avoid another conflict and ease Israeli-blockaded Gaza's economic hardships. An empty bus was also struck, with early reports suggesting it was hit by anti-tank fire.

Medical officials in Israel reported at least 10 people were injured in the rocket attacks.

The round of attack follows an operation in the southern Gaza Strip which led to the deaths of an Israeli officer at least, and seven terrorists, including Hamas commander, The Islamic Jihad vowed to avenge the operation by striking Israel.

"We continue to strike and retaliate against the military targets belonging to terrorist organizations in Gaza, and as for our intentions we will enhance these efforts as needed", he told reporters. He said the force faced a "very complex battle" and was able to "exfiltrate in its entirety".

After arriving back in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu praised the Israeli commando for his service, tweeting, "Our forces acted courageously".

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