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Israel hits Hamas posts after rocket fire from Gaza

‘Resistance is not looking for an escalation but it is ready for any option to respond’

By AFP - Oct 05,2016 - Last updated at Oct 05,2016

Tall plumes of smoke rise from an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City on Wednesday (AP photo)

GAZA, Palestine — Israel’s military struck several Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after a rocket launched from the Palestinian enclave hit a nearby Israeli city, with no casualties reported on either side.

The rocket hit Sderot, part of which lies less than a kilometre northeast of the Gaza Strip, run by Islamist movement Hamas, the Israeli military said.

The area was closed off and bomb disposal teams were working at the site, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

A small salafist group — followers of an ultra-conservative brand of Sunni Islam who oppose Hamas — claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Thanks to God, the so-called Sderot settlement was targeted by a homemade rocket,” the Ahfad Al Sahaba group said in a statement.

The same group has claimed responsibility for other recent attacks but Israel holds Hamas responsible for all such rocket fire.

Shortly afterwards, Hamas security sources said Israeli tank fire struck a post run by its military wing, the Ezzedine Al Qassam Brigades, east of Beit Hanoun near the border with Israel.

Three air strikes also targeted other bases in the Khan Younis area in the south of the enclave, the sources said, while two others hit Hamas posts near Gaza City, an AFP journalist reported.

Israel’s military did not provide details on its strikes, saying only that it “targeted a number of Hamas posts”.

“Today’s attack, the second since the beginning of August in the city of Sderot, is the direct result of Hamas’ terror agenda in the Gaza Strip that encourages deliberate attacks against Israeli civilians,” military spokesman Peter Lerner said in a statement.

As Israeli aircraft continued to carry out surveillance in the afternoon, Hamas denounced the strikes, calling them an “escalation” and saying it would not be able to “remain with its arms folded if it continues”.

 

Islamic fighters, which has a strong presence in Gaza, said “the resistance is not looking for an escalation but it is ready for any option to respond.”

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