Gaza source: 2 arrested by Hamas for firing rockets at Israel last week

Rockets are launched towards Israel from Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, Aug. 7, 2022. (Hatem Moussa/AP)
Illustrative: Rockets are launched toward Israel from Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, August 7, 2022. (Hatem Moussa/AP)

The Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group arrested two people over firing rockets at Israel last week, a security source in the coastal enclave tells AFP.

A rocket was launched Thursday from Gaza, the first such military action since three days of cross-border fighting in August.

The incident prompted Hamas’s internal security services to detain two people “directly related to the firing of four rockets,” says a security source who requested anonymity.

“The Palestinian factions have nothing to do with these rockets, which are aimed at giving the occupation (Israel) an excuse for continuing the aggression,” the source tells AFP.

The rocket fire was not claimed by any of the armed factions operating in Gaza, which has been ruled by Hamas since 2007.

The security source doesn’t detail the affiliation of those arrested, adding that the rockets fired were not loaded with explosives.

Palestinian factions have an agreement to coordinate “any response to Israeli aggression,” he tells AFP.

Israel launched retaliatory strikes Friday on Gaza, which the military said hit a rocket production site belonging to Hamas.

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