Israeli security personnel inspect a shopfront damaged in a rocket attack on the Israeli city of Ashdod (15 September 2020)

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picture captionOne rocket hit a shopfront within the Israeli coastal metropolis of Ashdod, wounding two males

There was a recent spherical of violence between Palestinian militants in Gaza and Israel, after a ceremony in Washington at which Israel and two Gulf Arab states normalised their relations.

Militants fired two rockets into Israel on Tuesday evening. One hit the coastal metropolis of Ashdod, wounding two males.

One other barrage of 13 rockets was launched earlier than daybreak on Wednesday.

In retaliation, the Israeli navy bombed websites in Gaza it stated belonged to the Palestinian group Hamas.

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“I am not stunned that the Palestinian terrorists fired at Israel exactly throughout this historic ceremony,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed reporters earlier than leaving Washington.

“They wish to flip again the peace. In that, they won’t succeed,” he added.

“We’ll strike in any respect those that increase a hand to hurt us, and we’ll attain out to all those that lengthen the hand of peace to us.”

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picture captionThe Israeli navy stated it struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to the rockets

Hamas, which controls Gaza, warned Israel that it might “pay the value for any aggression in opposition to our individuals or resistance websites and the response might be direct”.

“We’ll improve and broaden our response to the extent that the occupation [Israel] persists in its aggression,” it added.

The flare-up began whereas Mr Netanyahu and the overseas ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have been on the White Home garden, signing historic normalisation agreements brokered by US President Donald Trump.

media captionThe agreements have been signed in a ceremony on the White Home

Mr Trump stated the offers would “function the inspiration for a complete peace throughout your entire area”.

“After a long time of division and battle we mark the daybreak of a brand new Center East,” he declared.

However the transfer has deeply angered Palestinians, who accuse the Arab international locations of reneging on a promise to not embrace ties with Israel till Palestinian statehood is achieved.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned that “peace, safety and stability won’t be achieved within the area till the Israeli occupation ends”.

Earlier than the UAE and Bahrain, the one different Arab international locations within the Center East to recognise Israel formally have been Egypt and Jordan, who signed peace treaties in 1978 and 1994 respectively.