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Israeli artillery launch strikes at Hamas posts in northern Gaza Strip

Sept. 4, 2016 10:58 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 4, 2016 5:24 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma'an) -- Israeli artillery forces launched at least two strikes at Hamas-affiliated sites in the town of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip around dawn on Sunday, according to locals.

Witnesses said two large explosions were heard in the area during the early hours of Sunday morning, after two Israeli artillery shells landed near an al-Qassam Brigades -- the armed wing of the Hamas movement -- site in the town.

No injuries or civilian property damage were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli artillery forces fired at a Hamas site near the border in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to fire coming from the location that was being directed at Israeli troops across the border.

According the spokesperson’s accounts the shelling took place on Saturday night.

The shelling came two weeks after the Israeli army fired missiles into the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun that left at least five Palestinians injured, after a rocket fired from Gaza fell inside the southern Israeli city of Sderot, with no injuries or damage reported by the Israeli army.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed in a statement at the time that both the Israeli air force and artillery tanks targeted two alleged Hamas posts in northern Gaza, where they said the rocket was fired from.

On July 1, Israeli forces launched airstrikes at several sites allegedly used by Palestinian political factions in the besieged coastal enclave in response to a rocket fire that landed in Sderot.

In May, a Palestinian woman was killed during several consecutive days of sustained airstrikes and tank shelling from Israeli forces, allegedly in response to cross-border mortar shelling and a rocket being fired from the Gaza Strip.

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