Israel strikes Gaza in response to rocket fire
Israeli forces have bombed a Hamas military base on the Gaza strip in the first operation since the end of the war in August. In a statement, they referred to the location as a “Hamas terror infrastructure site.”
Residents reported hearing two explosions early this morning in the region, an area that contains training sites for Arab Muslim Terrorists.
The site aimed for was a legitimate military target in the Khan Younis area in the Southern Gaza strip, Sky News reports.
Local hospital officials have confirmed there were no casualties.
The Army said the move was in response to a rocket that militants had launched earlier in the day which landed in a field, avoiding targets which had previously not been of particular concern to the terror group.
“The IDF (Israeli Defence Force) will not permit any attempt to undermine the security and jeopardise the wellbeing of the civilians of Israel. The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible and accountable for today’s attack against Israel,” military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said in a statement.
This is not the first time the group, which has recently had an appeal to the European Court decide in their favour and could be taken off the Terrorism List in three months time, have launched rockets into Israeli territory. But this is the first time the IDF have chosen to retaliate.