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Israeli army carries out explosions in central Gaza Strip

July 14, 2016 10:24 A.M. (Updated: July 14, 2016 5:29 P.M.)
(File)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes carried out air raids in the central Gaza Strip late on Wednesday night, with conflicting reports on the nature of the strikes.

Palestinian sources said that Israeli warplanes carried out two airstrikes targeting lands east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the besieged Palestinian territory.

They added that at least two missiles hit an unknown target south of the Camera military site.

No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that explosions heard in Gaza were “controlled detonations” carried out by Israeli forces.

She added that the army “could not elaborate on the reason” behind carrying out such action.

Although the Israeli army carries out military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip on a near-daily basis, airstrikes have remained a relatively sporadic occurrence this year, since the devastating Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in 2014 killed more than 2,200 Palestinians.

Earlier this month, Israeli forces launched airstrikes at several sites allegedly used by Palestinian political factions in the besieged Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired from the small Palestinian territory into an Israeli city Friday evening, Israeli and local sources said.

No injuries were reported at the time, despite heavy property damage.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel for decade. The blockade was imposed following the victory of Hamas in the 2006 Palestinian elections and the subsequent 2007 clashes between Fatah and Hamas, which left Hamas in control of the Gaza Strip and Fatah in control of the occupied West Bank.

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