Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire

Israeli fighter jets struck military targets belonging to the radical Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, in response to two rockets fired from the enclave, the military said in a statement. Targets included tunneling sites.

According to Hamas military sources, two military installations east of the towns of Rafah and Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, were destroyed but no injuries were reported.

Rockets previously fired from Gaza toward the coast near the Israeli town of Ashdod were no injuries.

“The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) regards any terrorist activity against Israel with great severity and is ready to continue to operate if necessary against attempts to harm Israeli civilians or the sovereignty” of the Hebrew state, said the ‘army.

Despite a truce negotiated by Qatar between Hamas and Israel in August, several outbreaks of violence have erupted in recent months.

Israel, the United States and the European Union have placed Hamas on their respective lists of terrorist organizations.

Hamas controls the Gaza Strip, where some two million Palestinians live in conditions of overpopulation and impoverishment.

Israel has imposed a blockade there since 2007, then joined by Egypt. The two countries claim that the limits on Gazan imports are due to security reasons.

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