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Israel targets Hamas site in Gaza after rocket fire

Militants in the Palestinian enclave have fired both rockets and mortar rounds into Israel since US President Donald Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

world Updated: Dec 18, 2017 12:51 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Jerusalem
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A Palestinian boy cries as he waits for a travel permit to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing after it was opened by Egyptian authorities for humanitarian cases, in the southern Gaza Strip, on December 17, 2017. (Reuters)

Israeli aircraft targeted a Hamas facility in the northern Gaza Strip early on Monday, hours after two rockets fired from the Palestinian enclave struck southern Israel, the army said.

“In response to the rockets launched towards southern Israel, IAF (Israel Air Force) aircraft targeted a Hamas training compound in the northern Gaza Strip,” a statement from the military said. “In the compound three structures and other terror infrastructure were targeted.”

There were no reports of injuries from the health ministry in Gaza.

On Sunday night, two projectiles fired from Gaza hit southern Israel, one damaging a home in a border town. Another projectile flew short of its target and hit Gaza, the army said.

The Sunday attacks ended a three-day lull in the latest wave of rocket fire amid anger over US President Donald Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Militants in the Palestinian enclave have fired both rockets and mortar rounds into Israel since Trump’s deeply controversial announcement.

Trump’s announcement was followed by protests across the Palestinian territories, with six Gazans killed - four in clashes with Israeli forces along the border and two Hamas militants in an Israeli air strike in retaliation for rocket fire.

The rockets are often fired by small Islamist groups but Israel holds Gaza’s rulers Hamas responsible for any attacks from the territory.

“The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) holds the Hamas terror organisation accountable for this hostile act originating from the Gaza Strip,” the Monday statement from the military said.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 12:36 IST