Israeli aircraft strike Hamas targets in Gaza Strip

An illustrative map depicting the military targets that were struck within the Gaza Strip

Israeli Army spokesman Avichay Adraee said the strikes were in retaliation for the launch by Palestinian activists in Gaza of incendiary kites and balloons into southern Israel.

Israel has been accused of using excessive force against the protesters, a charge the country's leaders have denied.

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

A Palestinian man was killed and another injures as they "attempted to damage a security infrastructure in the northern Gaza Strip", the IDF said.

The Israeli military has fired warning shots from the air and destroyed property belonging to the kite launchers.

Faced with global censure over its use of live fire in the fence protests, Israel says troops have been holding off border breaches and responding to gunmen who tried to use civilians as cover for attacks on them.

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Palestinian women flash victory sign in during a protest at Israel Gaza border, Friday, June 8, 2018. Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for the fires.

Guterres told the Security Council that he "unequivocally condemns the steps by all parties that have brought us to this risky and fragile place" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

According to United Nations documentation, between May 8th-21st, Israeli forces conducted 177 search and arrest operations and arrested 220 Palestinians. Most of the worldwide community considers settlements to be either illegal or illegitimate.

But he also expressed exasperation at "Israeli government officials", particularly Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, for asserting that all Palestinians were affiliated with Hamas, signalling a "permissive Israeli policy towards the use of live fire against protesters". Add to that belief the notion that something must be done to lay a foundation at least hinting toward stability in the Palestinian world before the long-awaited Trump peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians is unveiled if it is to have any chance at acceptance, and the strategy becomes a forgone conclusion.

There have been no serious Israeli casualties in the confrontations since the so-called "Great March of Return" was launched on March 30 to press for what Palestinians see as their right to lands lost to Israel during the 1948 war of its founding.

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