Israeli strikes hit Hamas sites after rocket fire: army

Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas military sites in the Gaza Strip on Saturday in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave ruled by the Islamist movement, the Israeli army said.

“A short time ago, in response to the rocket attack, (Israeli army) planes hit a number of Hamas terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip,” the army said in a statement. a statement.

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The strikes came after Hamas “launched a rocket…at Israeli civilians in southern Israel”, he added, adding that the projectile was intercepted by Israeli air defenses.

“The Israeli aircraft targeted a weapons manufacturing site located inside a Hamas military post and three other military posts belonging to Hamas,” the statement said.

Fireballs shot through the air, leaving black smoke drifting across the territory, after the strikes.

The military said hours earlier that air raid sirens had been sounded in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon and in areas near the blockaded Gaza Strip.

In April, Israeli warplanes exchanged fire with militants in the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave of 2.3 million people, which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007.

The exchange came after nearly a month of deadly violence centered on the compound of the al-Aqsa Mosque in Israel’s annexed East Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.

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