IDF strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after rocket fire on Israel’s south

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Military says major targets hit after three projectiles are fired at border communities. Defense officials warn of escalation following the release of US peace plan

Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip early Friday morning, just hours after three rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave at Israeli communities near the border.

The IDF said two of the rockets were intercepted by air defenses while the third likely landed in an open field. No injuries or damage to property have been reported.

Palestinian media reported large explosions near Khan Younis and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip as a result of the IDF’s strikes.

The military said the strikes came in response to rocket fire Thursday night, as well as balloons with explosives attached being sent over the border and sniper fire on an IDF post on Thursday.

The IDF added that its “Aerial Defense Systems intercepted two of the launches,” while the third likely landed in an open field. No injuries or damage to property have been reported.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that its aircraft carried out attacks on a “wide array of targets belonging to the Hamas terror group, constituting a real blow to Hamas’ abilities to build up” its forces.

Among the targets destroyed was an underground facility used to manufacture weapons, the IDF said.

Originally posted at israelhayom.com


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