Israel bombs Hamas targets following Gaza rocket fire





Gaza City - Israeli air force jets on Sunday bombed 15 military posts and facilities in the Gaza Strip belonging to Hamas, after rockets were fired overnight from the territory at Israel, the Israeli army said.



 
No Palestinians or Israelis were reported injured from the exchange of fire which came days after Hamas - the Islamist group which rules Gaza - said it reached a ceasefire with Israel.
"This strike was conducted in response to the projectiles which were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel overnight, in addition to the acts of terror approved and led by the Hamas terror organization throughout the weekend," the army said in a statement.
The military said it hit 10 sites in a first strike and another five sites in a second round.
Hamas did not take responsibility for the Gaza rocket fire. A number of smaller militant groups operate semi-independent from Hamas and are known to fire rockets into Israel.
Last week, militants fired more than 100 rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza Strip into Israel which responded by carrying out dozens of air strikes on Hamas and Islamic Jihad facilities.
Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been growing since March 30, when the Palestinians organized rallies and protests near the border with Israel. Medics say 119 have been killed and thousands injured.
Earlier Saturday, thousands of mourners attended the funeral of Razan al-Najjar, a 21-year-old female paramedic who was shot dead Friday by Israeli troops during protests on the border.

Sunday, June 3rd 2018
(dpa)
           


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