Israeli air force retaliates, attacks Gaza strip

Published June 24th, 2013 - 05:52 GMT
An Israeli airforce F-16 fighter plane. The Gaza Strip was targeted by overnight Israeli air force attacks early Monday, following reported rocket fire from the Palestinian territory into southern Israel. (File photo / Al Bawaba)
An Israeli airforce F-16 fighter plane. The Gaza Strip was targeted by overnight Israeli air force attacks early Monday, following reported rocket fire from the Palestinian territory into southern Israel. (File photo / Al Bawaba)

The Gaza Strip was targeted by overnight Israeli air force attacks early Monday, following reported rocket fire from the Palestinian territory into southern Israel.

In a statement from the Israeli army, the air force carried out airstrikes on two weapon storage facilities.

“In response to the numerous rockets launched at Israel in the past several the hours, IAF aircraft targeted terrorist infrastructure including two weapon storage facilities in the central Gaza Strip and a rocket launch site in the southern Gaza Strip. IAF pilots reported accurate strikes on the targets,” the army said in a statement cited by AFP.

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Palestinian witnesses told the news agency the air raids hit uninhabited areas and had not resulted in any injuries.

Late Sunday two Palestinian rockets landed in southern Israel, without causing any damage or injury, according to Israeli military sources, while another two rockets were intercepted by Israel’s “Iron Dome” defense system, the army said in a statement.

The Israeli army blamed the Islamist Hamas rulers of Gaza for the rocket attacks, although no group claimed responsibility.

The Kerem Shalom goods crossing, reserved for trade between Israel and the Gaza Strip, will be closed until further notice following the attacks, the army said in its statement.

The exchange of fire came as a row erupted between Hamas and the radical Islamic Jihad movement in the Gaza Strip.

Islamic Jihad severed contacts with Hamas after a commander in its military wing died of wounds sustained in a police shooting, a leader of the radical group told AFP.

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