Israeli jets strike Gaza Strip following alleged rocket fire

Israeli military jets strike Hamas in Gaza Strip as retaliation against alleged rocket fire

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Palestinian boys walks past the remains of his family's dwelling, that was funded by the EU's humanitarian arm, after it was demolished by Israeli forces, near the West Bank village of Al-Eizariya, near east of Jerusalem January 21, 2016.

Israeli military jets struck the Gaza Strip on Monday to retaliate against alleged rocket fire from the territory.

The Israeli military said it hit a Hamas centre in the Gaza Strip early on Monday, no injuries were reported.

The Palestine-Israel conflict has been largely quiet on the Gaza front since Israel attacked the area in a 50 day war in 2014 that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians.

Violence has now largely shifted from the Gaza Strip into the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where over 151 Palestinians have been killed and some 20 Israelis died.

Pointing at the high number of Palestinian deaths, Sweden’s Foreign Ministry has called for an independent investigation into whether Israel carried out “extrajudicial killings.”

During the current crisis, a statement on the Palestine-Israel conflict which calls on Israel to end its settlement activities as they are “illegal under international law, constitute to an obstacle to peace and threatens to make a two state solution impossible,” has been approved by the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council.

The EU move was rejected by Israel, indicating that a diplomatic row between Israel, the EU and several European countries would continue.

TRTWorld, AP