Is­rael raids hit Gaza as vi­o­lence flares

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GAZA CITY—Is­raeli air­craft hit two Ha­mas tar­gets in Gaza early on Satur­day in re­sponse to rocket fire as the worst flare-up of vi­o­lence since a 2014 war en­tered a fourth day.

There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the rocket launch and most such fire since 2014 has been car­ried out by fringe Is­lamist groups but Is­rael holds Ha­mas re­spon­si­ble for all such at­tacks.

“Ear­lier to­day (Satur­day)... a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at south­ern Is­rael,” the army said in a state­ment. “In re­sponse... air­craft tar­geted two Ha­mas ter­ror in­fra­struc­tures in the south­ern Gaza Strip.”

Ha­mas se­cu­rity sources said the re­tal­ia­tory raid hit two brick­works in the south­ern city of Khan Yu­nis, caus­ing dam­age but no ca­su­al­ties. But wit­nesses said two mis­siles hit a base of Ha­mas’s mil­i­tary wing east of the city, caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age.—AFP

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