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Israeli airstrikes target Gaza seaport and alleged Hamas tunnel site

May 23, 2018 1:37 P.M. (Updated: May 24, 2018 1:06 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces carried out air strikes targeting Gaza City’s seaport and an alleged Hamas military site in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning.

Locals told Ma’an that explosions were heard three times across Gaza City as Israeli planes targeted the seaport.

Witnesses said that the airstrikes targeted two boats.

Teams of the Gaza Civil Defense forces rushed to put out the fire that erupted after the airstrike.

The Gaza Ministry of Health said that no injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the airstrikes to Ma’an, saying that an underground tunnel and naval targets that belonged to Hamas were targeted in the strike, which happened around 4 a.m.

The spokesperson said “the strikes were carried out in response to ongoing attempts to dispatch drones and kites for the purpose of setting Israeli territories on fire.”

“The strikes were in response to events that took place on Monday morning, during which a number of terrorists infiltrated Israeli territory and set a military post on fire,” the spokesperson added.

Israeli forces had shelled sites east of the al-Bureij refugee camp on Monday, also reportedly in response to a group of Palestinians who crossed the Israeli border fence around Gaza and set fire to the military base.

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