IDF Strikes in Gaza After Rocket Explodes in Israeli Territory

Hamas weapons factory targeted by Israel Air Force; rocket launched from Gaza explodes in open area, causing no damage.

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An Israeli missile hits Palestinian buildings in Gaza City on July 17, 2014.
An Israeli missile hits Palestinian buildings in Gaza City on July 17, 2014.Credit: AFP

The Israel Air Force attacked a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early morning on Thursday, after a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip earlier exploded in Israeli territory, causing no damage.

The Israeli aircraft struck a Hamas weapons factory in the central Strip, a statement by the Israel Defense Forces said, adding that the IDF considers Hamas as the "sole accountable party to what transpires in the Gaza Strip."

Late at night on Wednesday a rocket fired from Gaza exploded in an open area, near the fence surrounding the Gaza Strip in the border-adjacent Eshkol Regional Council. No damage was caused. The rocket siren was not sounded prior to the explosion.

On August 7, three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, 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.

The Israel Air Force attacked a Hamas target in the Strip after the rocket fire, saying in a statement later that Hamas "carries the responsibility." The Israeli strike wounded four Palestinians, one of them seriously, according to websites affiliated with Hamas.

About a week earlier, 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.

The day before, 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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