The Israeli army said its airplanes attacked several Hamas targets located in the northern Gaza Strip early Saturday morning in response to rocket fire from Gaza.
Israeli fighter jets and aircraft struck Hamas targets in the northern Gaza Strip and a military compound was among the sites targeted, in response to a rocket identified from the Gaza Strip towards Israel on Friday overnight, said the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in a statement issued Saturday morning.
"The IDF views all types of fire directed at Israel with great severity and will continue operating as necessary against attempts to harm Israeli civilians," added the statement.
The statement noted that "Hamas is responsible for everything that takes place within the Gaza Strip and emanates from it and will bear the consequences for all terror activity targeting Israeli civilians."
Tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip were again activated by the killing of Islamic Jihad's senior commander Baha Abu al-Atta by Israeli airstrikes, which targeted his home in Gaza city and killed him and his wife on Nov. 12. Islamic Jihad responded with firing at least 450 rockets into Israel, causing no fatalities.
In Gaza, Israeli strikes claimed the lives of 34 people, including at least 15 civilians. On Nov. 14, the Israeli military and the Islamic Jihad announced that an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire was agreed.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Saturday held an extraordinary session discussing the sending of his resignation and the daily duties of the caretaker government under the constitution.
A statement by his office said that Abdul Mahdi "stressed the principle of peaceful transfer of power in the democratic system, noting that the government has made every effort to respond to the demands of the demonstrators by providing packages of reform."
During the session, Abdul Mahdi called on the parliament to find appropriate solutions at its next session, and called on members of the government to continue their work until the formation of the new government, according to the statement.
On Nov. 29, Abdul Mahdi announced that he would submit his resignation to the parliament so lawmakers could choose a new government in response to anti-government protests.
Mass demonstrations have continued in the capital Baghdad and other cities in central and southern Iraq since early October, demanding comprehensive reform, fight against corruption, better public services and more job opportunities.
Iraqi officials say 27 protesters have been shot dead in the last 24 hours, amid spiraling violence in Baghdad and southern Iraq.
Security and medical officials say 23 protesters were killed Thursday by security forces who used live fire to break a sit-in on the main entrance to the southern city of Nassiriya. Following days of road closures by demonstrators, security forces fired live rounds to disperse crowds and open the street, officials say.
Officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
Four protesters were shot by security forces in Baghdad when demonstrators tried to cross the strategic Ahrar bridge leading to the fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government, amid escalating violence.
Protesters are occupying two other bridges - Jumhuriya and Sinak - which also lead to the Green Zone.
Iraqi officials say four protesters were shot dead by security forces and 22 were wounded, amid ongoing clashes on a strategic Baghdad bridge.
Security and medical officials say security forces fired live rounds when protesters attempted to climb over barricades on Ahrar Bridge.
Protesters are occupying three key bridges - Jumhuriya, Sinak and Ahrar - in a standoff with security forces. The bridges lead toward the fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government.
At least 350 people have died since Oct. 1, when thousands of protesters took to the streets to decry corruption and poor services.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations
Iran has condemned the burning of its consulate in southern Iraq by anti-government protesters hours earlier.
Iran's official IRNA news agency said Thursday that Abbas Mousavi, a foreign ministry spokesman, called for a "responsible, strong and effective" response from Iraq's government.
An Iraqi police official had said protesters set fire to the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Najaf late Wednesday. Iranian staff were not harmed, escaping out the back door.
The police official said one protester was killed and 35 wounded when police fired live ammunition to prevent them from entering the building. Demonstrators removed the Iranian flag and replaced it with an Iraqi one.
Anti-government protests have gripped Iraq for nearly two months. They accuse Iraq's Shiite-led government of being hopelessly corrupt and decry growing Iranian influence.