Israel strikes Hamas targets in response to Gaza rocket fire

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The Israel Air Force struck Hamas military facilities in the Gaza Strip’s north early on Monday claiming that this shelling response to rocket fire from the enclave.

The Israel Defense Forces clamed in a statement that it had targeted ” infrastructure” belonging to Hamas, adding that it holds the organization responsible for the escalation.

According to sources in Gaza, the strike targeted a training facility used by the Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing. The facility, located south of Gaza City, was severely damaged, but no one was hurt.

According to Israeli   Haaretz news paper  Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel late Sunday evening, one hitting an open area in southern Israel while another exploded within the Strip.

The first rocket hit an open area in Eshkol Regional Council, near the border, causing no damage. Sirens were not sounded because the projectile did not pose a threat to communities.

A few minutes later, rocket sirens were sounded in the Nahal Oz and Alumim communities. The rocket did not make it over the border, exploding within the Gaza Strip.

On Tuesday, Israeli air force planes struck a number of targets in Gaza in response to a rocket fired from the Strip toward the southern Israel city of Ashdod.

The rocket was intercepted by the Iron Defense air defense system and no damage or casualties were caused.

The Grad-type rocket was the first rocket to be fired from Gaza at Ashdod since the summer conflict between Gaza and Israel ended in August 2014.