by Daniel Siryoti , ILH Staff and News Agencies
Considerable damage was caused to the rocket manufacturing plant, which was of high importance to the terrorist group," a senior Hamas official tells Israel Hayom. Israel attacked the site in response to rocket fire at southern Israel.
|Smoke and flames are seen following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, December 26 | Photo: AFP/Mahmud Hams|
Israeli aircraft struck several sites in the Gaza Strip early Saturday after Palestinian terrorists fired two rockets toward southern Israel.
The airstrike targets included a secret rocket manufacturing facility and training and military posts belonging to Hamas, a senior official with the Islamist group confirmed to Israel Hayom.
According to the Hamas official, considerable damage was caused to the rocket manufacturing plant, which was of high importance to the terrorist group.
Palestinian media reported the airstrikes shattered windows in east Gaza City. There were no reports of casualties.
The rockets fired on Friday were aimed at the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon, but the Iron Dome air defense system intercepted them, the army said. No Palestinian group in Gaza has claimed responsibility for the rocket fire, which broke months of cross-border calm.
Volleys of missiles from the Iron Dome defense system illuminated the sky in northern Gaza Strip as they exploded trying to hit the incoming rockets.
Rocket attacks and Israeli retaliatory artillery and aerial strikes are frequent, but they have largely been subdued in recent months due to the raging coronavirus outbreak.
Hamas which has ruled Gaza since 2007 and fought three wars with Israel and countless rounds of smaller skirmishes, maintains an unofficial cease-fire with Israel.
Daniel Siryoti , ILH Staff and News Agencies
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