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IDF hits Hamas military post in Gaza in response to rocket attack

Projectile launched from Palestinian enclave earlier landed in open area in Eshkol region

Illustrative. A rocket is fired at Israel from Gaza on August 9, 2014. (AP/Dusan Vranic)
Illustrative. A rocket is fired at Israel from Gaza on August 9, 2014. (AP/Dusan Vranic)

The Israeli military struck a Hamas military post in the Gaza Strip late Monday night, in response to a rocket launched from the Palestinian enclave earlier in the day.

The rocket exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Warning sirens were not activated as radar detected that the projectile would hit open territory.

The Gaza border region has suffered sporadic rocket fire recently, much of it emanating from Salafist groups within the Palestinian enclave challenging Hamas rule.

Israel regularly retaliates for such attacks with limited strikes on Hamas targets, saying it holds the group responsible for any violence.

Last week, a rocket was fired at Israel from the Palestinian enclave. In response the Israeli air force struck two installations it described as “terror targets” in Gaza.

The IDF said in a statement that Monday’s rocket launch was the 20th such attack since the beginning of 2015.

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