President Donald Trump addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas, April 6, 2019. (Ron Kampeas)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration said it “stands with Israel” in the face of a barrage of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip which has killed one Israeli father of four and seriously injured an 80-year-old woman.

“The United States strongly condemns the ongoing barrage of rocket attacks by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad from Gaza upon innocent civilians and their communities across Israel,” said the statement posted Saturday evening by State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus. “We call on those responsible for the violence to cease this aggression immediately. We stand with Israel and fully support its right to self-defense against these abhorrent attacks.”

Close to 700 rockets were fired towards southern Israel by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad from the Gaza Strip over the weekend, killing four civilians and injuring close to 80 others. Two houses were hit and an 80-year-old woman was injured.

Israel’s army responded on Saturday evening by bombing 120 Gaza military targets including a six-story building in a residential area of the northern Gaza Strip, where Hamas terrorist offices were located. The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said that a pregnant Palestinian woman and her 14-month-old baby were killed in the Israeli air strikes. By Sunday  morning more than 400 rockets had been fired and the Israeli military struck an additional 60 Gaza military targets.


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