NOTnew rise in tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The Hebrew State army announced on Saturday morning that it had carried out airstrikes on positions of the Palestinian movement Hamas in the Palestinian enclave in response to the firing of a rocket from this territory which was intercepted, according to a military statement.
Before dawn, “the Islamist movement Hamas fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip at Israeli citizens in southern Israel.” The rocket was intercepted by the missile shield, according to the text. In retaliation, the army carried out a series of strikes on Hamas positions in the Palestinian enclave which has been under an Israeli blockade for more than fifteen years. “Planes targeted a Hamas weapons manufacturing site as well as three Hamas military posts,” the army said in the statement.
Very early this morning, alarm sirens sounded in the city of Ashkelon and other localities in southern Israel, bordering the Gaza Strip, to alert of a rocket attack. On Friday, three armed Palestinians, including a Hamas commander, were killed in exchanges of fire with Israeli forces carrying out an operation in the Jenin area of the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel for more than fifty years.
Death of a Hamas commander
Hamas claimed that one of the three people who died was a local commander of the Islamist movement and that his death “will not go unpunished”. The last Israeli rocket attacks and strikes on Gaza date back to last April.