Occupied Jerusalem, June 23 (QNA) - Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) officials warned on Saturday that the round of escalation between the Israeli army and Hamas is still underway, and expressed discontent over the last round of fighting in the Gaza Strip.
Since Monday, some 130 rockets and dozens of mortar shells exploded in the south of Israel. One Israeli Border Guard officer was moderately wounded and ten others sustained light injuries. Hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens spent the week in fortified areas, and a number of fires erupted at rocket landing sites, the Israeli daily (Ynetnews) reported.
The IDF officials estimate that Hamas initiated the latest rocket barrage believing it had the upper hand. This was reinforced by Israel's feeble response, which was limited compared to previous rounds of fighting, according to the paper.
Israel have killed at least ten Palestinians over three days of heavy shelling that ended Wednesday night as Hamas' military wing signed up to a truce mediated by Egypt.
However, the Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip killed two Palestinians yesterday, breaking the ceasefire deal.
At least 21 others have been injured, including 17 early on Saturday morning. The wounded included two women and four children, hospital officials said. (QNA)