File Photo - Hamas rocket attacks Israel

Jerusalem, March 31 (IANS) Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza strip on Sunday fired at least five rockets at Israel, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said.

It said the rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip, which is under the Hamas Islamist organisation since 2007. Anti-aircraft alarms sounded continuously in the regional councils of Eshkol, forcing residents to run for shelters, reports Efe news.

The incident is the latest in a series of recent reciprocal missile launches from Gaza and Israeli airstrikes which came amid reports in various Arab media outlets that Hamas had claimed a ceasefire had been brokered by Egypt.

Around 3.30 a.m., the IDF said in a statement that several Hamas posts had been attacked in response.

“In response to the rockets fired from Gaza at Israel earlier this evening, IDF tanks struck a number of Hamas military posts in the Gaza Strip,” the military said.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters gathered along the Gaza border to commemorate the first anniversary of demonstrations, the “March of Return”, which was launched last year.

The escalation in violence between the two sides began on March 24 when a rocket fired from Gaza struck a home in Tel Aviv, wounding seven members of a family, including children.

The Palestinians have also started a new type of assault, launching kites or balloons with incendiary material across the border, which has caused hundreds of fires.

According to the World Health Organization, a year of protests in Gaza has left thousands of people maimed and injured, including a teenager. There are estimated to be more than 6,500 wounded.

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