Israeli aircraft have launched airstrikes against the positions of the Hamas resistance movement in Khan Yunis and other areas in the besieged Gaza Strip, hours after Israeli troops injured dozens of Palestinians during protests in the coastal enclave.
The Israeli military claims the Friday air raids were launched in response to the firing of 10 rockets into the occupied Palestinian territories from Gaza.
Palestinian-Islamists attempted to launch a rocket from the Gaza Strip toward Israel’s southern communities last night, although the projectile failed to cross into Israeli territory. Thankfully, no injuries or damage were reported. In response, the Israeli Air Force launched a retaliatory strike against a Hamas observation post in the northern Gaza Strip.
Despite claims by Hamas source that “rogue militants” were responsible for the rocket fire in apparent efforts to disassociate the Islamist group from the failed attack, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit told TV7 that it holds Hamas responsible for any terror-related activities emanating from the Palestinian enclave.
At the time of rocket attack, students had left the seminary in the city of Sderot to return to their homes for the Jewish Sabbath that begins on Friday.
Earlier Israel said it struck several Hamas targets in Gaza, including what it says was a terrorist tunnel in response to Hamas rocket fire late Wednesday. Another rocket was launched into southern Israel late Thursday.
The Hamas rocket fire was an apparent response to Israel putting Mediterranean waters off-limits to Palestinian fishermen — a reaction to incendiary balloons sent floating over southern Israel this week, setting fields on fire.
This was the first exchange of rocket fire between Israel and Hamas since last month’s Egyptian-mediated cease-fire that ended two days of heavy fighting.
Hamas has intensified its campaign against the blockade with weekly rallies near the fence between Gaza and Israel. Over 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the rallies began in March 2018, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
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