Israel attacks Gaza strip again
GAZA – Israeli aircraft struck a number of sites in the Gaza Strip from the air early on Wednesday, residents and the Israeli military said, after Israel alleged that a ‘rocket’ landed near the port city of Ashdod.
The Israeli military said it struck four ‘terror infrastructures’ in the southern Gaza Strip and that hits were confirmed. There were no reports of any casualties or damage.
Gaza residents said missiles struck several locations throughout the Gaza Strip, including places used as training camps by Islamic Jihad militants on sites that had been Israeli settlements before Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility in Gaza for the rocket launching.
“These strikes are a direct response to Hamas and the aggression against Israeli civilians originating from the Gaza Strip,” military spokesman Lieutenant-Coloner Peter Lerner said in a statement. “The reality that Hamas’ territory is used as a staging ground to attack Israel is unacceptable and intolerable and will bear consequences.”
Last year, Israeli shelling and air strikes in Gaza killed more than a hundred children and battered the small, coastal Palestinian enclave.
The region has been largely quiet since the August ceasefire.
Reconciliation efforts between Hamas and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority led by President Mahmoud Abbas have faltered, adding to hardships and hampering foreign aid donations and the import of building materials.