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Israeli airstrikes launched across Gaza after rocket fire

Jan. 25, 2016 9:36 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 27, 2016 11:47 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The Israeli air force early Monday morning launched airstrikes across the Gaza Strip, targeting Hamas facilities, after rockets were fired from the besieged enclave, officials said.

Official sources in Gaza told Ma’an that Israeli warplanes hit the al-Muhararat training site south of Deir al-Balah in the central strip used by the military wing of Hamas, the al-Qassam Brigades, while the another hit an open plot of land south of Khan Yunis.

No human casualties have been reported, though the strikes reportedly left noticeable material damages.

The Israeli army said in a statement that the airstrikes were in response to a rocket that had been launched from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel on Sunday night. Sirens reportedly sounded throughout communities in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council as the rocket hit an open area.

While no group has taken responsibility for the rocket fire, the Israeli army reiterated their long-held stance that, "Hamas is responsible and is accountable for all attacks from the Gaza Strip."

Sporadic rocket fire has come from the Gaza Strip over the past year and has been met with retaliatory Israeli attacks, with the military making at least 56 incursions into the enclave in 2015, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Israeli airstrikes carried out in October that the army said targeted Hamas weapons manufacturing facilities killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her two-year-old daughter when their home was hit.
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