23:44 GMT26 February 2020
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    The region has seen an increase in rocket and incendiary balloon launches coming from across the border in recent weeks, prompting the Israeli military to move some of its Iron Dome air defence systems further south.

    The Israeli Defence Forces say they have identified three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, adding that Israel has experienced 13 such launches recently.

    The Israeli military said later that its fighter jets attacked Hamas positions in the southern Gaza Strip in retaliation to rocket launches from across the border. An ISA production site used by Hamas was attacked, according to the IDF.

    The IDF and militants operating in Gaza have been engaged in violent exchanges since mid-2019, while the recent attacks follow the announcement of "the deal of the century" drafted by the United States without Palestinians involved and aimed to restore peace in the region. 

    The deal supports Israel's annexation of large parts of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights and sees Jerusalem as the undivided Israeli capital, for which Palestinians would get $50 billion in investment in exchange to "spur the economy". The deal does not elaborate on the right of Palestinian refugees to return. It also envisages permanent demilitarisation of the future Palestinian state.

    The Palestinian National Authority has rejected the deal, severing all ties with Israel and urging the international community to restore the pre-1967 borders.

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