Israel Air Force Strikes Gaza After Rockets Fired

Aircraft attacked Hamas target, IDF statement said; 4 wounded, including 2 police officers from station adjacent to target, one seriously, local reports say.

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Smoke rises over Gaza after Israel Air Force strikes during Operation Defensive Edge.
Smoke rises over Gaza after Israel Air Force strikes during Operation Defensive Edge.Credit: AP

The Israel Air Force attacked a Hamas target in the central Gaza Strip on Friday evening after rockets were fired at Israel from the Strip in the afternoon.

According to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, "The terrorist group Hamas is the address in the Gaza Strip and carries the responsibility."

Four people were wounded in the strike, among them two police officers in an adjacent police, one of them seriously. The other police officer suffered moderate wounds, and the others were lightly wounded, websites affiliated with Hamas reported.

Three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel earlier on Friday, two of which exploded in the Strip and one in Israeli territory, near the border fence.

A Salafi jihadist group in the Gaza Strip, named "The Grandsons of the Companions of the Prophet," took responsibility for the rocket fire, saying it was "the first response by Salafist jihadists to Jewish attacks against Al-Aqsa," AFP reported.

In July, police forces stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque at the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem during clashes with dozens of Palestinian youths who barricaded themselves inside the mosque. An unknown number of officers were wounded, and three East Jerusalem residents were arrested for allegedly throwing rocks at Border Police.

This past Saturday, two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel. According to IDF officials, the two projectiles evidently exploded near the northern Gaza border. One exploded within Israeli territory. No casualties were reported.

Last Friday, Mohammed Hamed Almasri, a 17-year-old Palestinian, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers after nearing the border fence during a protest of the deadly arson attack in the village of Duma in the West Bank.

According to the Palestinians, the youth suffered wounds to the torso and was evacuated to a Gaza hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

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