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Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza after rocket attack

By AFP - Aug 21,2016 - Last updated at Aug 21,2016

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Israel targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip by air and with tank fire on Sunday after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave crashed into the Israeli city of Sderot.

Israeli forces said the rocket hit "between two buildings on a road" in Sderot, which is less than 4km from Gaza, causing no casualties.

Army spokesman Peter Lerner said Israeli forces retaliated by hitting targets of the Palestinian Islamist movement in northern Gaza.

"In response to the rocket attack from the Gaza Strip, the IAF [Israeli air force] and tanks targeted two Hamas posts in the northern Gaza Strip," Lerner said in a statement.

Palestinian health and security sources said two people were lightly wounded by the Israeli fire.

"One of them is a 20-year-old [young man] who was hit by shrapnel in the face," said Ashraf Al Qudra, spokesman for the Palestinian health ministry in Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Security sources in the territory said several targets in northen Gaza were struck by Israeli fire, and that a reservoir in Beit Hanun was destroyed.

Witnesses said a base of Hamas' military wing the Ezzedine Al Qassam Brigades, in nearby Beit Lahya, was also hit.

Israeli media said it was the first time downtown Sderot had been hit by a rocket from Gaza since 2014.


On July 2, Israeli air raids hit four sites in Gaza after a rocket struck a building in Sderot. There were no casualties in either incident.

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