Several massive explosions rocked the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning amid multiple reports of Israeli military airplanes buzzing the area. It follows reports that two rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel, with no injuries reported.
At least three major blasts rocked Gaza city as Twitter got flooded with reports of residents waking up to the sounds of airstrikes and Israeli F-16 jets flying over RT reports.
The strikes took place in the western part of the strip, near the Maqousi Towers residential area. Khan Younis and Ubaidah garrison of Hamas-affiliated Al-Qassam Brigades were also struck.
Earlier on Wednesday, two missiles were fired into Israel from Gaza. However,it is believed to be a Salafist group affiliated to ISIS, that claimed responsibility for the attack.
The group in a statement said that they were “continuing with [their] jihad against the Jews,” claiming the rockets were fired in retaliation for Hamas killing of an IS supporter on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
An Israeli army statement cited by Haaretz blamed Hamas for Wednesday’s missile attack, saying that IOF struck three “terror infrastructures” in the Gaza Strip.
The outlet reported that Hamas’ Gaza headquarters had been evacuated prior to the strikes, but the group adamantly denied being behind the launches. Hamas reportedly pointed a finger at the Salafist group, accusing it of trying to provoke a new all-out conflict in Gaza. Hamas security services had reportedly eliminated a senior Salafist, who had been planning attacks against the Palestinian group, just a few days before.