Gaza militants respond to Israeli airstrikes with rocket fire, following arson and explosive kite attacks

By June 19 2018, 12:12 Latest News No Comments

flaming kiteOn Monday, Gaza-based militants fired three rockets into Israel in response to Israeli airstrikes in the northern Gaza Strip. The airstrikes followed numerous arson attacks and explosive-laden kites and balloons launched from Gaza in recent weeks.

The three rockets fired at Israel targeted the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, with the IDF Spokesperson’s Office saying that one of the strikes “apparently” fell inside the Gaza Strip, in the early hours of Monday morning. The rocket fire came as a response to the Israeli military striking nine targets in two military compounds, which included a Hamas weapons manufacturing site and a military compound of the Hamas terror organisation, late Sunday night.

The Iron Dome missile defence system did not have to be activated, indicating that the two rockets landed in Israel did not pose any threat to life, instead likely striking open fields. As of yet, there have not been any reports of injuries sustained either side of the border.

An IDF Spokesperson said that Israel’s strikes were “conducted in response to arson and explosive kites and balloons that have been launched into Israel” and that the attacks by Hamas are “terrorist acts that endanger Israeli residents living in southern Israel and damage extensive areas in Israeli territory”. The military released the footage of the military objectives, explaining that the “Hamas terror organisation is accountable for all violence emanating from the Gaza Strip and will bear the consequences”

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