Is­rael hits at Ha­mas af­ter rocket at­tack

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Is­raeli mil­i­tary said Wed­nes­day that it car­ried out airstrikes against two Ha­mas po­si­tions in Gaza in re­sponse to a rocket fired to­ward Is­rael.

Ay­man Sah­bani, an emer­gency di­rec­tor at Gaza’s Shifa hos­pi­tal, said three Pales­tini­ans were wounded, one se­ri­ously, in Wed­nes­day’s strike.

Is­rael has seen oc­ca­sional rocket fire from the Gaza Strip in the three years since its last war with Gaza’s mil­i­tant Ha­mas rulers. Most have been claimed by Salafist Mus­lim groups in the ter­ri­tory.

Is­rael holds Ha­mas re­spon­si­ble for all fire out of the Gaza Strip — even rock­ets launched by any of the var­i­ous mil­i­tant groups chal­leng­ing it.

Is­rael and Ha­mas have fought three wars since the Is­lamic mil­i­tant group took con­trol of Gaza a decade ago, most re­cently in 2014. A cease-fire has largely held since then.

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