Israel targets Hamas following alleged rocket fire from Gaza

Following alleged rocket attack from Gaza, Israel launches air strikes on Hamas facility

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Palestinians ride a horse cart past a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during the 50-day war last summer in the town of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip

Israeli air strikes overnight hit a facility in Gaza reportedly belonging to Hamas, after a rocket was allegedly fired into southern Israel, the Israeli army said in a statement early on Thursday.

“In response, the Israel Air Force targeted a Hamas weapon manufacturing facility located in the central Gaza Strip,” the statement said.

No group in Gaza claimed responsibility for the alleged attack so far. 

There were no reports of casualties from either the rocket attack or the air strikes. The IDF holds Hamas responsible for all attacks from Gaza, even if the group does not claim them.

Al Qaeda linked groups have claimed responsibility for most of the sporadic rocket strikes on Israel from the Gaza Strip since the end of a 50-day war a year ago.

This is the eighth time a rocket has been fired from Gaza into Israel since the beginning of 2015, according to Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Three weeks ago a small armed group based in Gaza launched a rocket that hit southern Israel. In response Israeli planes bombed a Hamas training camp, wounding four.

Israel launched an offensive against Hamas last summer, killing about 2,200 Palestinians in 50 days, most of them civilians. Seventy three were also killed on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers.

TRTWorld and agencies