Gaza militants fired barrage of mortar shells at southern Israel

Vastavam web: Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a barrage of mortar shells at southern Israel today, the army said, as tensions in the border area simmered.A statement from the Israeli army said that “25 mortar shells were launched towards several sites in Israeli territory.” “Most of the launches were intercepted by the IDF’s Iron Dome aerial defence system,” the army said.At least 121 Palestinians have been killed during weeks of unrest since March 30, when Palestinians began calling to be allowed to return to their historic homelands inside Israel.

The majority were killed during protests along the border, including at least 61 on May 14. Others have been killed in air strikes.Israel says it is merely defending its borders and accuses Hamas of encouraging thousands of Palestinians to break through the border and attack Israelis.Also today, a group of activist Palestinians were due to set sail to breach Israel’s naval blockade by boat. The destination of the boat, carrying patients needing medical care, students and job-seeking university graduates, w