Israel Bombs Gaza Strip in Second Breach of Ceasefire That Capped Deadly May Assault

HeadlineJun 18, 2021

Israeli warplanes bombed several sites in the Gaza Strip overnight in the second breach of the ceasefire that ended Israel’s 11-day bombardment of the besieged Palestinian territory in May. Israel’s military said the strikes targeted Hamas in retaliation for incendiary balloons launched from Gaza. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Israel’s assault last month killed at least 253 Palestinians, including 66 children, and wounded more than 1,900 people. At least 12 people in Israel, including two children, were killed by rockets fired from Gaza. U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said Israel’s actions may have constituted “war crimes.”

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