Israeli aircraft attack Hamas sites after rocket fire from Gaza

The exchange rattled an uneasy truce between the two sides Israel and Gaza brokered after a spike in hostilities.

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Israel says it attacked sites in Gaza after rockets were fired on its territory. The two are engaged in a ceasefire after fighting flared earlier this month [File: Amir Cohen/Reuters]

Israeli aircraft attacked several sites linked to the military wing of Gaza’s Hamas early on Wednesday in what it said was a response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli military said the targets of the multiple air raids in the southern Gaza Strip included a weapons manufacturing facility.

At least two Hamas sites were hit, in addition to one for allied group Islamic Jihad, a security source in Gaza told AFP. There were no reports of injuries.

The air attacks came shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to “respond vigorously to any attack”.

“If someone in Gaza thinks that he can raise his head after Operation Black Belt, he is sorely mistaken,” Netanyahu said in a statement, referring to two days of exchanges between Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters two weeks ago that was the worst such cross-border conflict in months.

Late on Tuesday, the Israeli military had said it identified two projectiles fired from the Gaza Strip, with missile defences intercepting one.

The rockets caused sirens to sound around the Israeli town of Sderot, close to the border with Gaza.

The attack was the second incident this week, and rattled the shaky ceasefire brokered by Egypt and the United Nations earlier this month that ended the latest round of fighting.

The flare-up was triggered when Israel killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza. The armed group launched hundreds of rockets at Israel in response.

After two days of clashes which killed 34 Palestinians and no Israelis, a ceasefire began on November 14.

Unofficial ceasefires have led to months of calm between Israel and Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007.

Source: News Agencies