Israel launches air strikes on Gaza

The Israeli military carries out air strikes in the northern Gaza

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Israel carried out air strikes on the Gaza strip in response to Saturday’s attacks despite claimed responsibility by the “Salafists”, an extension of ISIS, AFP has reported. 

Hamas claimed that recent rockets were intentionally launched from Gaza strip by factions from ISIS intending to spark a conflict between Hamas and Israel, Reuters reported.

Although the “Salafist” group took responsibility for the rocket attack, Israel still accused Hamas for all incidents coming from Gaza.

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. 

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 sympathizing group claimed responsibility for the attacks, Israeli Defense Minister, 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.

TRTWorld and agencies