Israel strikes on Gaza triggered rocket barrage

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Israel’s pounded Gaza with air strikes on Saturday and a Palestinian militant group retaliated with a barrage of rocket fire, in the territory’s worst escalation of violence since a war last year. Health authorities Gaza said 10 people have been killed by Israel’s bombardment, including a five-year-old girl, with 75 others injured. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said the Israel was forced to launch a “pre-emptive counter-terror operation against an immediate threat” posed by the Islamic Jihad group, following days of tensions along the Gaza border. Israel and Islamic Jihad have both confirm…

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