The Israeli military says it launched overnight air attack in the besieged Gaza Strip after Palestinian fighters fired rockets, with no reports of casualties or significant damage on either side.
The military said Palestinian fighters fired two rockets into Israel late on Thursday. One was intercepted by the Israeli missile defence system, while the other fell in an open area.
“In response to the 2 rockets that were fired from Gaza at Israel earlier tonight, our Air Force just struck Hamas military targets in Gaza,” the Israeli army said on Twitter.
“Hamas will bear the consequences for terror activity against Israeli civilians,” it added.
Sirens were sounded in a region south of Israel that borders the Gaza Strip to warn residents of the incoming fire.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket attack.
The last reported rocket attack from Gaza was on Tuesday night.
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars and several skirmishes since the Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian groups in 2007.
Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks emanating from Gaza, including those claimed by other fighter groups based in the region.
In response to the 2 rockets that were fired from Gaza at Israel earlier tonight, our Air Force just struck Hamas military targets in Gaza.
Hamas will bear the consequences for terror activity against Israeli civilians.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 22, 2020
New tunnel discovered
Israel and Egypt have maintained a crippling blockade on Gaza Strip – a coastal territory which is home to two million Palestinians – since Hamas seized power.
The latest incident came after the Israeli army announced it had found a new tunnel that crosses “dozens of metres into Israel” from the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian coastal enclave.
The next day, the army said the tunnel belonged to Hamas.
Authorities have discovered some 20 tunnels originating from Gaza since 2014, army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said this week.