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Airstrikes hit Gaza after rocket attack — Israel army


JERUSALEM: The Israeli military said early Friday it had carried out airstrikes on military targets in the Gaza Strip after a rocket fired from the Palestinia­n enclave hit southern Israel.

Fighter jets and attack helicopter­s struck a “weapons manufactur­ing site, a weapon smuggling tunnel and a military post” operated by Hamas, the Islamist ruling party in Gaza, the military said in a statement.

“We will not tolerate any threat to Israeli civilians,” it added.

A security source in Gaza told AFP there were no casualties from the strikes.

Israelis in the southern city of Sderot took cover late Thursday after a rocket was fired from Gaza.

The rocket hit an open area and caused no casualties or damage, a regional council spokesman said.

Israel imposed a land and sea blockade on Gaza after Hamas seized control in 2007.

They have since fought three wars.

A fragile truce has held in recent years despite occasional flareups, with Palestinia­ns firing rockets at Israel and the Jewish state responding with air strikes on the coastal enclave.

This year, Israel marked a decade since it deployed the Iron Dome air defence system that has intercepte­d hundreds of rockets from Gaza and Syria.

Gaza’s two million residents endure extreme poverty under the Israeli blockade and conditions have worsened during the coronaviru­s pandemic. — AFP

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