United Nations chief warns of risk of war in Gaza

Flames from rockets fired by Palestinians are seen over Gaza Strip heading toward Israel in the early morning

Flames from rockets fired by Palestinians are seen over Gaza Strip heading toward Israel in the early morning

Israel struck nine targets in northern Gaza overnight Monday in response to the launching of explosive and incendiary kites by Palestinians, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Monday.

Sirens also sounded in Israeli areas near the Gaza Strip at daybreak and the army said three rockets had been launched towards Israeli territory but one fell short in the Gaza Strip.

Israel's use of live ammunition against Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip has left health workers struggling to cope with an unprecedented crisis, with more than 13,000 wounded, a senior Red Cross official said Monday.

The Israeli government said the kite and balloon attacks have caused $2.5 million in property damage to farmland since they began earlier this month.

Gazans began flying kites with burning rags attached to them during mass protests against the Israeli and Egyptian blockade of the territory.

At least 131 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since major border protests broke out at the end of March.

Palestinian security sources said nobody was wounded in the morning air strikes.

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Israel had been using drones to intercept the kites, but Palestinians have had some success in bringing down the drones.

Palestinian women flash victory sign in during a protest at Israel Gaza border, Friday, June 8, 2018.

Palestinians say they are a popular outpouring of rage against Israel by people demanding the right to return to homes their families fled or were driven from on Israel's founding 70 years ago.

The Israeli Army said in a statement that it holds Hamas responsible for "everything in and out of the Gaza Strip" and that the organization "will bear the consequences" of its actions or inactions.

The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), when the Israeli regime forcibly drove more than 760,000 Palestinians - now estimated to number almost five million with their descendants - out of their homes.

Israel and Egypt maintain a blockade on the Strip which they say is created to prevent Hamas from importing weapons and other goods that could be used to build fortifications or cross-border tunnels.

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