Hamas claimed that a recent rocket attack was intentionally launched from the Gaza strip by factions of ISIS, intending to spark a conflict between Hamas and Israel, Reuters has reported.
Three rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza, police confirmed on Wednesday, after warning sirens went off in Israel’s border towns.
Minutes after Wednesday night's rocket fire, Hamas operatives rushed from their headquarters to find shelter, fearing Israeli retaliation strikes, which came early Thursday morning as three training camps were targeted.
Israel blamed Hamas for the attacks.
Last week a similar incident occurred, where by a rocket from Gaza had been launched into Israel falling near the port city of Ashdod.
Hamas officials sent a message to Israel through Egypt, targeting ISIS-affiliated groups as the perpetrator of these attacks to spark an escalation between two sides.
Although an ISIS sympathiser group claimed responsibility for the attacks on Israel, Defense Minister of Israel, Moshe Ya'alon (Likud), addressed the rocket fire on Thursday, saying that "even if those who fired on Israel are rebel factions from world jihad organizations trying to challenge Hamas by firing on us, we still see Hamas as the responsible party for what happens in Gaza, and we will not suffer attempts to harm our citizens."
Ya'alon added that "Overnight, the IDF retaliated to the attacks with air strikes. And if it is necessary, we will strike with even greater force. Last summer was proof of that."
Israel’s Gaza offensive last summer led to the death of over 2,000 Palestinians, 30 percent of which were children.