Israeli Army Strikes 'Wide Range' of Hamas Targets After Rockets Launched From Gaza

Targets include underground facilities used by Hamas to produce weapons, army says

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FILE PHOTO: The site where a Gaza rocket landed.
FILE PHOTO: The site where a Gaza rocket landed.Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz

The Israeli army said its air force struck "a wide range of targets" belonging to the Palestinian group Hamas in the southern Gaza strip in the early morning hours on Friday, including underground facilities used to produce weapons.

"The military spokesperson unit informs that a short time ago IDF fighter jets and aerial vehicles attacked a wide range of terrorist targets belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in the southern Gaza strip. Underground facilities used to produce weapons were struck in the operation," the army said in a stament.

The statement also specifies that the strikes came in response to previous attacks by Hamas militants, inlcuding rockets and explosives-laden balloons launched toward Israel and sniper fire against an army position on the border with Gaza. 

Three projectiles were launched from the Gaza strip toward Israel Thursday night, with two being intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.

It remains unclear what happened to the third launch.

A 30-year-old woman in Sderot, where rocket sirens blared, was taken to the hospital with a light head injury along with her three-weeks-old infant who suffered severe bruising to the head.

It is believed the mother tripped in the stairs while running to reach the bomb shelter during the alarm.

The confrontation comes after U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a Middle East peace plan on Tuesday.

Earlier on Thursday, the Israeli military struck several Hamas positions after explosives tied to balloons were floated into Israeli territory, and a sniper fired upon an army observation post, its spokesperson said.

Palestinians also reported Israeli strikes hitting an open area near the city of Rafah, on the border with Egypt, earlier in the day. 

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