Israeli air strikes target Gaza Strip

Israeli warplanes launch air raid on Gaza Strip after rocket was allegedly fired from Gaza towards Israel

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Israeli shells captured mid-flight, just before it strikes a target in the northern Gaza Strip on July 26 2014

The Israeli military said that they carried out an air strike on two targets on the Gaza Strip in Palestine on Monday night. 

No injuries were reported after a rocket was dropped on Sha'ar HaNegev on the border of Gaza, targeting two sites related to Hamas.

The Israeli army said that Israeli warplanes had launched the air strike on besieged Gaza, after a rocket was fired from Gaza, which no Palestinian group had claimed responsibility for and caused no injuries. 

"Earlier this evening, sirens sounded in multiple communities in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council. A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel and landed in an open area," the Israeli army said in a statement.

"In response to the attack, [Israeli forces] targeted two terror sites of the Hamas terror organisation in the southern Gaza Strip." it added

Israeli air warplanes had launched earlier air raids on the Gaza Strip, killing a woman and her daughter. But the Israeli army said that they had targeted two Hamas weapon manufacturing facilities. 

Tensions have been escalating since the start of the month, several rockets have been fired from the blockaded coastal territory into southern Israel, with Israel's army frequently launching retaliatory air strikes.

However, Hamas has not claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks since the 50-day Gaza War last year.

“Israeli forces held Hamas responsible for any act of aggression from the Gaza Strip.” spokesperson Peter Lerner stated earlier this month. 

Violence has been growing recently in Jerusalem, after Israeli police carried out a raid on the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, one of the holiest sites in Islam.

The escalating Palestinian unrest is warned trigger a “third intifada.” 

Since October 1, an estimated 40 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces while seven Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians. 

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