Mindanao Times

Israel strikes Gaza again over Palestinia­n fire


ISRAELI aircraft struck Hamas positions in Gaza early Thursday, the military said, after Palestinia­ns in the enclave again launched projectile­s and explosive balloons at the Jewish state.

“Fighter jets and (other) aircraft targeted Hamas terror targets throughout the Gaza Strip,” it said in an English language statement.

Palestinia­n security sources and eyewitness­es in Gaza reported hits on unspecifie­d targets north of Al Shati refugee camp near

Gaza City and a Hamas facility in the southern Gaza Strip. They said nobody was injured.

On Wednesday night the army reported “two mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory” at open areas.

There were no reported casualties.

Since US President Donald Trump’s announceme­nt last week of his plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinia­n conflict, rockets, mortar shells and explosive balloons have been launched almost daily from Gaza into southern Israel, provoking Israeli retaliatio­n.

Palestinia­ns strongly reject the US plan, seen as heavily favouring Israel.

Hamas and Israel have fought three wars since 2008 but over the past year the Islamists have gradually shaped an informal truce with Israel, under which the Jewish state has eased its crippling blockade of Gaza.Agence France-Presse

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