Israeli jets hit Gaza strip injuring one Palestinian

Israeli fighter jets hit Gaza strip with air strikes, injuring one Palestinian, medical source says

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An IAF F-15I fighter jet taking off

After rockets were fired earlier into southern Israel from the blockaded Gaza Strip, Israeli fighter jets bombed two bases and an empty field in the strip.

One group of jets targeted a base east of the Jabalia refugee camp which is located in the north of the Strip and wounded a Palestinian according to medical sources.

Israel forces also hit a base east of Gaza city in the Zeitoun neighbourhood and a third strike hit an empty field in the Gaza Strip in Beit Hanoun.

The strikes came after an Iron Dome anti-rocket battery shot down a rocket over the northern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

A group called the Brigades of Omar Hadidi, which is allegedly affiliated with ISIS, claimed responsiblity on Twitter for firing rockets at Ashkelon.

The incident came after Israeli policemen broke into Al-Aqsa mosque - which is the third holiest site in Islam - to make a way for Israeli hardliners accopanying Israel's Minister of Agriculture, Uri, celebrating the new year of Jewish people known as "Rosh Hashanah." The policemen used teargases to disperse Palestinian protesters trying to protect the mosque.

On Wednesday US President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Salman spoke on the phone about current Yemeni crisis and Israeli violence against Palestinians in Al-Aqsa mosque. While US officials gave details of the conversation regarding the Yemeni humanitarian crisis, they haven’t given any details over the conversation regarding the tensions over the Al-Aqsa mosque.

From time to time, some hardline Jewish Israelis and Israeli officers harass people who are at mosque to pray or students who are receiving education there.

Friday's clashes followed days of unrest at the compound, where Muslim men under the age of 40 have been banned from attending prayers.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza strip, has issued calls for a ‘’day of rage’’ over the situation of the Al-Aqsa mosque.

TRTWorld and agencies