Israeli forces launch 87 overnight air strikes against Gaza Strip

Islamic Jihad, which earlier claimed responsibility for rockets fired into Israel, says ceasefire reached after biggest offensive in Gaza since August

The Israeli army carried out scores of air strikes across the besieged Gaza Strip in the early hours of Saturday, in the most high-intensity offensive on the coastal Palestinian territory since the summer.

The Israeli army launched at least 87 air strikes, Israeli news outlet Ynet reported, saying it was in response to some 34 rockets fired from the enclave into southern Israel.

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the rockets, saying in a statement that they were in retaliation for the Israeli army’s killing of five Palestinian protesters on Friday.

“The resistance will not accept the equation imposed by the enemy on the basis of killing on their part and silence on our part,” the group said in a statement.

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