Israeli airplanes targeted Hamas military positions in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, the Israeli army claimed, in retribution for rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave governed by the Islamist organization.
“A few minutes earlier, (Israeli military) aircraft targeted a number of Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip in response to the missile attack,” the army said in a statement.
The strikes were launched after Hamas “fired a rocket… towards Israeli citizens in southern Israel,” according to the statement, which also stated that the missile was intercepted by Israel’s air defense systems. According to the statement, Israeli warplanes “struck a weapons manufacturing site within a Hamas military base, as well as three additional Hamas military sites.”
Balls of flame flew into the air after the impacts, sending dark smoke drifting over the area.
After the killing of three Palestinians on Friday, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem stated the air assaults in the southeast of Gaza City “are an extension of the aggression against Palestinian territory in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.”
Qassem made no mention of whether the air attacks on Saturday resulted in any casualties.