Israeli planes bomb Gaza as Egyptians seek to restore calm

Israeli planes bomb Gaza as Egyptians seek to restore calm

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Gaza City: Israeli warplanes pounded Hamas-ruled Gaza early Tuesday, the Israeli army said.

A Hamas source said that the strike took place at a time when security officials visiting Egypt tried their best to defuse the latest increase in violence.

“Fighter jets and (other) aircraft struck underground infrastructures belonging to the Hamas in the Gaza Strip,” an Israeli military statement said.

“The occupation continued its aggression and carried out air strikes on Gaza after midnight,” the Hamas source said, adding that the strikes were seen as a “negative response” to the truce feelers.

There were no casualties in the strike.

Gaza security sources and witnesses said the strike hit Hamas surveillance posts in Rafah in the south of the territory and Betrahya in the north.

Tensions have risen for more than a week.

Israel has closed the Kerem Shalom cargo crossing point with the Gaza Strip and banned fishing along the coast of Gaza. In the past few days, Israel has conducted night air strikes.

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