"We certainly have criticism of the one-sided and hostile approach of the European Union to Israel", said the prime minister, pointing to the European body's funding for human rights groups that document alleged abuses by Israeli soldiers.
The Palestinian strikes, carried out after a deadly undercover Israeli military raid the day before, critically wounded an Israeli teen.
There have been periods this year during which Palestinian terrorists fired rockets, sometimes hundreds, into Israel without an Israeli military escalation.
"In response to yesterday's crime the joint command of Palestinian factions announce the beginning of bombardments of the enemy's settlements with scores of rockets", Hamas said in a statement.
The U.N. said it was working with Egypt to broker a halt in the violence. The Israeli military chief, Lt. -Gen.
Medics reported at least 10 Israelis wounded.
In response, the IDF said it has hit 20-plus Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, including terror compounds, observation posts and rocket-launching squads.
Hamas had vowed revenge after the clash that erupted during an Israeli special forces operation in the Gaza Strip late Sunday, killing eight people.
IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the mission was "not meant to kill or abduct terrorists but to strengthen Israeli security".Читайте также: Barca suffer first league home defeat in two years
"What was revealed tonight is the very tip of operations that are carried out regularly and the goal of which is to enable Israel's superiority as it exists today", the military said about Sunday's operation.
The renewed violence was threatening to derail weeks of efforts to end unrest along the Gaza-Israel border.
Artillery units near the Gaza-Israel buffer zone have reportedly targeted concentrations of Palestinian activists in central Gaza, along with resistance positions in the town of Jabalia and the city of Deir al-Balah.
As of 7:00 p.m. Monday evening (local time), the army said it had recorded the launch of at least 80 rockets from Gaza, several of which, it claimed, had been intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile-defense system. He said the force faced a "very complex battle" and was able to "exfiltrate in its entirety".
In a tweet after his arrival back home, Netanyahu praised the slain officer, whose identity was kept confidential for security reasons, and said "our forces acted courageously".
The Palestinian funerals were held Monday afternoon.
Tensions have been running high near the Gaza fence since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests dubbed "The Great March of Return". The blockade has led to over 50 per cent unemployment and chronic power outages, and prevents the vast majority of Gazans from travelling.
The army said an Israeli bus was hit by an anti-tank missile from the Gaza Strip, causing several injuries.
Before the flare-up, Netanyahu had defended his decision to allow Qatar to transfer the cash to Gaza despite criticism from within his own government over the move, saying he wanted to avoid a war if it was not necessary. The outgoing rockets, which continued into the evening, lit up the skies of Gaza and set off air raid sirens throughout southern Israel.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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