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Israeli warplanes strike Gaza after rocket attack

Sept. 19, 2015 10:38 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 19, 2015 6:26 P.M.)
A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows Israeli flares illuminating the enclave on July 7, 2014. (AFP/Jack Guez, File)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israeli warplanes attacked several targets across the Gaza Strip on Friday night after rockets were fired at an Israeli town bordering Gaza.

Israeli missiles reportedly hit a site in northern Gaza City which was used as the headquarters of the Civil Administration before Israeli forces disengaged from the Gaza Strip in 2005, destroying a radio tower.

One person sustained minor injuries and was evacuated to Kamal Udwan hospital.

Two missiles landed in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip and another landed in a military training ground called Abu Jarad located in the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City.

A witness and a security official in Gaza said the grounds were a base of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.

Friday night an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed adjacent to an empty bus in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, causing moderate damage to the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

No group has taken responsibility for the rocket fire, but the Israeli government holds Hamas, as the elected ruling party, responsible for any activity within the enclave.

In response to the rocket fire, IDF spokesperson Peter Lerner said: "These evening's acts of aggression are a clear reminder of Gaza's commitment to violent terrorism. Israeli civilians should not have to live in fear, no one should. Hamas is the ruling power in the Gaza Strip and is therefore responsible, accountable and culpable for every attack emanating from Gaza."

Since last summer's devastating war between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip, there has been growing internal unrest between Hamas security forces and other militant groups in the strip allegedly aiming to challenge Hamas’ rule.

Hamas has reportedly stepped up measures against militants belonging to "Islamic extremist groups," some of whom self-identify as Salafists that have taken responsibility for sporadic rocket fire in recent months, and are believed to be affiliated with the Islamic State group.

Friday’s rocket fire marked the eleventh rocket to hit Israel since January, according to the IDF. No injuries have been caused.

Palestinians meanwhile face near daily incursions by Israeli forces into the Gaza Strip. Earlier on Friday, Israeli forces reportedly opened fire on Palestinians near the border fence.

In July alone, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights counted 27 incidents of shootings, incursions into the territory, and arrests.

This included 18 shootings on land and at sea that left nine Palestinians injured, PCHR reported.

AFP contributed to this report.
Comments
Kelly / Ireland
This was another poor Gaza terrorist policy, to fire rockets at Israeli cities and Sderot.
19/09/2015 11:29
Joe Fattal / USA
Maybe it wasn't a good idea from Gaza to fire rockets. Now Israel going to use it as a political military option instead of a religious military option that Israel is been implementing in East-Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque which is purely religious in nature.
19/09/2015 16:24
Colin Wright / USA
'...the Israeli government holds Hamas, as the elected ruling party, responsible for any activity within the enclave.'

In keeping with the spirit of this, I would like to point out that the Israeli government is responsible for burning that baby to death, etc.
19/09/2015 16:31
Tobias / USA
ISRAEL'S STRIKES on military targets in Gaza,
after Gaza's war crime, rocket attacks on Israel's cities,
ARE JUSTICE AND SELF-DEFENSE.
19/09/2015 20:43
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