Tear gas canisters are fired by Israeli troops towards Palestinian demonstrators as they run during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland at the Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustaf
GAZA CITY - 9 August 2018: Israeli warplanes renewed early Thursday the shelling of the Gaza Strip.
Israel also fired a number of rockets at targets in Rafah city.
Palestinian sources said no casualties were reported.
In a statement on Thursday, the Palestinian popular resistance movement stressed that all resistance factions continue to retaliate against the Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip.
The resistance said it is shelling Israeli settlements adjacent to the enclave.
Meanwhile, Jason D. Greenblatt, the US envoy to the Middle East, tweeted a comment on the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Thursday morning.
He said "Hamas regime again is launching rockets at Israeli communities. Another night of terror & families huddling in fear as Israel defends itself. This is the Hamas regime’s choice. Hamas is subjecting people to the terrifying conditions of war again."
United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov expressed his deep “alarm” late Wednesday over the military escalation along the Gaza-Israel border.
He warned that if the current escalation “isn’t contained immediately, [the] situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences [for] all.”