Israel targets Hamas sites after Gaza rocket attack

Palestinian security sources said the strikes were in Khan Younis in the south and Deir Al Balah

15:03 January 2, 2018

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories: Israeli occupation aircraft attacked Hamas bases in Gaza early on Tuesday in response to a rocket from the Palestinian enclave targeting southern Israel hours before, concurring sources said.

The aircraft targeted a compound belonging to Hamas, a statement from the occupation army said.

Palestinian security sources said the strikes were in Khan Younis, in the south, and Deir Al Balah, in central Gaza, causing damage but no casualties.

On Monday night, a rocket hit a town in southern Israel, but didn’t result in damage or casualties.

Palestinians in Gaza have fired 18 rockets or mortar rounds at Israel in violence that erupted after US President Donald Trump’s controversial December 6 recognition of occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, six of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome defence system.

The projectiles are often fired by fringe Islamist groups, but Israel holds Gaza’s Hamas responsible for any attacks from the territory and retaliates by targeting Hamas positions.

The regime holds Hamas solely accountable for events in the Gaza Strip, the Tuesday army statement read.