Israel Strikes Gaza Targets After First Rocket Launch in More Than a Month

Hamas positions in southern Gaza struck, military says

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Rockets launched from the Gaza Strip intercepted over southern Israel, November 13, 2019.
Rockets launched from the Gaza Strip intercepted over southern Israel, November 13, 2019.Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz

The Israeli army struck targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday, after a rocket was launched from the Hamas-controlled enclave at southern Israel, in a first since early May.

The Israel Defense Forces reported the launch, which it said triggered no rocket alert in border communities, providing no further details.

The IDF spokesperson said in a statement that in response, Israeli aircraft targeted “infrastructure used for underground activity” by Hamas in southern Gaza and tanks struck several of the organization’s military outposts.

According to Palestinian media reports, the military targets that were struck are located east of Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage caused by the rocket launch.

The latest developments come amid increased tensions in the region as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to push through with the controversial decision to annex parts of the West Bank.

On May 6, a rocket was launched from Gaza into Israel, and the IDF said its tanks struck three different Hamas positions in the northern Strip in response.

On Sunday a cluster of balloons that was apparently attached to an explosive device was found near the Israeli village of Tidhar, east of the Gaza Strip, police said.

In Gaza, the organizing committee of the weekly Gaza border protests was set to discuss on Monday the resumption of launching explosive-laden balloons into Israel, as well as protests along the border and nighttime activity.

In the past, such activity has frequently led to violent confrontations and numerous Palestinian casualties, but protests were suspended in December last year.

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