Israeli aircraft bomb Hamas positions in Gaza after rocket attack
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Israeli aircraft bomb Hamas positions in Gaza after rocket attack

IDF confirms retaliatory airstrikes hours after Iron Dome downs three missiles; Palestinians say at least two injured

An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen in Gaza City, November 14, 2019. (Adel Hana/AP)
Illustrative: An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen in Gaza City, November 14, 2019. (Adel Hana/AP)

Israeli planes and helicopters carried out strikes inside the Gaza Strip early Sunday, hours after three rockets were shot from the Palestinian enclave, authorities said.

At least three rounds of airstrikes were reported in the northern Gaza Strip, according to the Hamas-linked Shehab news agency and other Palestinian news outlets.

The IDF confirmed that it struck “several terror targets, including a Hamas terror camp made up of: warehouses, offices and watch posts.”

It said it also hit a Hamas naval installation.

Positions belonging to Hamas’s armed Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades near Jabaliya and Gaza City were targeted, according to Shehab.

Two people were reportedly injured in the strikes, Palestinians reported.

The strikes came hours after Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel, according to the IDF.

No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the rocket fire, but Israel generally holds Hamas, the enclave’s de facto ruler, responsible for all attacks emanating from the Strip.

There were no reports of injuries or damage caused by the rockets or shrapnel from the interceptions.

 

Videos from southern Israel appeared to show the launch of Iron Dome interceptor missiles exploding in the sky, apparently as they shot down incoming rockets.

The rocket attack and reprisal capped a tense weekend along the Gaza border.

Some 4,000 Palestinians took part in protests along the Gaza border on Friday, with several hundred rioting and throwing rocks and explosive devices at IDF troops, who responded with tear gas and occasional live fire.

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said 27 Palestinians were injured in the demonstrations.

Earlier Saturday, Israeli fighter jets were sent to fly over the Gaza Strip after suspicious activity was detected in the Palestinian enclave.

It was not clear what the suspicious activity was.

Also Saturday, the military said Israeli troops arrested two suspects who crossed the border fence in southern Gaza into Israel.

The two were unarmed and taken in for questioning, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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