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Israel targets Gaza Strip with artillery fire, killing three

An explosion is seen in northern Gaza City after an airstrike by Israeli forces on June 20, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

At least three people have been killed in Israel's latest series of attacks that targeted multiple locations throughout the Gaza Strip.

Gaza's Health Ministry on Wednesday announced that another Gazan was also critically injured while Israeli forces hit the town of Beit Lahia and other locations with artillery fire.

Israel claims that the attacks were in response to gunfire which originated from the besieged coastal sliver.

The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip, with civilians being the main target of such attacks.

On Saturday, Israeli artillery units targeted a position of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement in the Gaza Strip only hours after it was announced that the Tel Aviv regime had reached a truce with Palestinian factions in the Palestinian enclave.

The incident came just one day after, at least four Palestinians lost their lives and nearly 120 others sustained critical injuries when Israeli military aircraft and battle tanks hit targets throughout the Gaza Strip.  

Nearly 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the “Great March of Return” began in the Gaza Strip on March 30.

A total of 14,811 Palestinians have also sustained injuries, of whom 366 are reportedly in critical condition.

The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the US embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.

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In early July 2014, Israel waged a war on the Gaza Strip. The 50-day military aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children. Over 11,100 others – including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people – were also wounded in the war.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.

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