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Israel launches new strikes on Gaza

Enclave affected for the second time in two days

Israel hit two targets, including a Hamas weapons factory in the Gaza Strip, in apparent retaliation for an attack on the Israeli town of Sderot from the Palestinian enclave.

On Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said a rocket had been launched from the territory the previous night.

“In response, fighter jets attacked an underground facility producing rocket engine components. This attack will cause significant damage to the rocket production process in the Gaza Strip,” he added. the forces said in a statement.

Attempts by the Hamas-controlled enclave to shoot down the planes failed, an IDF spokesman says, but prompted Israel to carry out a second strike, this time targeting “a military complex used by the terrorist organization Hamas.”

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Israel explains the reason for the strikes in Gaza

During the second raid, the gunfire set off Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system, with the malfunction currently under investigation, the IDF said.

The Times of Israel, citing a statement by doctors, reported that three people were treated for wounds caused by debris from a strike from Gaza.

Hamas reacted to last night’s events by stating that it “increase perseverance » of the Palestinians and their commitment “continue the fight”.

The exchange of fire apparently marked a further escalation of tensions between Israel and Gaza. In a similar episode on Tuesday, the IDF struck several targets in the Gaza Strip, saying it was in retaliation for the rocket fired at Israel from the Palestinian enclave – the first in nearly four months.

The incidents follow several days of violent clashes at the Temple Mount compound (as the Jews call it) or the Al-Aqsa compound (as the Palestinians call it), and a series of terrorist attacks in Israel in recent weeks. The compound is in East Jerusalem, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967, with the Jewish state responsible for security there.

The Temple Mount is considered the holiest site in Judaism, while the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the southern part of the complex is the third holiest site in Islam.


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