Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza Strip after rocket attack

Elias Hubbard
November 22, 2020

The launch raised the likelihood of an Israeli reprisal in Gaza.

According to Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency, Israeli warplanes fired a series of missiles at positions in the western, eastern, and southern part of the strip early Sunday, including open farmland.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility from any of Gaza's military groups. "The resistance is only acting in self-defence". In October 2018, a rocket destroyed a home in the city of Beersheba and another landed off the coast of central Israel; and in March 2019, a rocket struck a home in central Israel, injuring seven and causing massive damage to the structure.

The Hamas terror group sent messages to Israel that claimed the rockets were fired accidentally, set off by lightning during a thunderstorm, an explanation that the IDF has apparently accepted.

The rocket launched earlier in the day from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory caused damage to a factory in Ashkelon, the Israeli police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld said, noting that police were working at the site of the rocket's crash in the industrial zone.

The army statement gave no further details, but emergency services said they had no notification of anyone wounded and Israeli media said the projectile fell on open ground.

There was no claim of responsibility for the 15 November rocket fire, but Israel routinely holds Islamist group Hamas responsible for all attacks originating from its territory.

Israel has since maintained a crippling blockade on the Gaza Strip, to isolate Hamas.

Hamas has accused Israel of not fully complying with the deal.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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