Israel Strikes Hamas Targets After Gaza Rocket Fire for Second Time in 24 Hours

Army says targets include underground facilities and a military compound

Israel's Iron Dome intercepts a rocket fired from Gaza, November 13, 2019.
AFP

Israel struck the Gaza Strip on Thursday, hours after a rocket was launched from the Strip at Israel, the army said in a statement, marking the second such incident in less than 24 hours.

Israeli aircraft attacked what the army said were underground Hamas facilities and a naval target in southern Gaza, and a military compound in the northern Strip.

Earlier on Thursday, the Israeli military struck Hamas targets after a rocket that was fired overnight was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome aerial defense system.

IDF aircraft struck a weapon production site belonging to Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip, the army said, adding that the "terror group Hamas responsible for what occurs in the Gaza Strip and emanates from it, and that it will bear the consequences of actions against Israeli citizens." 

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories announced that in response to the rocket fire, it would reduce the area in which Palestinians in Gaza are allowed to fish. Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon said in a statement that as of Thursday morning, the zone is now 10 nautical miles until further notice. 

In recent weeks, the Israeli army has sought to expedite indirect talks with Hamas in order to reach a long-term ceasefire in the coastal enclave.

Two weeks ago, Israeli aircraft struck Hamas targets Gaza after three rockets were fired from the Strip toward southern Israel. The rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the Israeli military said. Earlier that day, rocket alerts sounded in Sderot and other Gaza border communities, and locals reported hearing explosions

Late last month, Israeli aircraft struck Hamas targets in southern Gaza after rockets were launched at Israel for two days in a row.  

In mid-November, Israel assassinated Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata, sparking a round of violence in the coastal enclave. Islamic Jihad fired over 450 rockets at Israeli communities in retaliation. Subsequent Israeli bombardments killed 35 Palestinians.