Israel Attacks Hamas Targets in Gaza in Response to Rocket Fire

Militants fire rocket from the Gaza Strip after the announcement of the capture of escaped Palestinian prisoners

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An IDF strike in the Gaza Strip, in May
An IDF strike in the Gaza Strip, in MayCredit: Said Khatib/AFP
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Israeli fighter jets and helicopters struck targets within the Gaza Strip overnight Saturday, after rockets were fired by Palestinian militants at southern Israel for the second consecutive night.

According to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, the targets included a rocket manufacturing site, a tunnel network, a training facility and a weapon storage facility.

The Iron Dome intercepts a rocket fired from Gaza at Israel on Saturday night.

Sirens sounded Saturday night in Sderot and Gaza border communities in Israel after militants fired a rocket from the Strip, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome. No casualties were reported.

Earlier Saturday, security forces captured two Palestinian inmates who escaped from an Israeli high-security prison earlier this week, bringing the number of fugitives apprehended from the prison break to four out of six.

Abu Obeida, the spokesman of Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades, said on Saturday night that Hamas will demand that the escaped prisoners will be included in any future prisoner exchange deal negotiated with Israel. Hamas is currently holding two Israeli civilians and the bodies of two Israeli soldiers captive in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas Spokesman Abdulatif al-Qanua said Friday evening that "the arrest of the two fugitives will not remove the stain from Israel. It's enough that they have humiliated the Israeli security forces and the occupation regime." Palestinian factions in Gaza have threatened to attack Israel and called for protests in support of the escaped inmates.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Qatari envoy to Gaza Mohammad al-Ammadi said that the Palestinian Authority had walked back on its deal with the United Nations and Doha to transfer Qatari aid to Hamas officials through Palestinian banks in the West Bank. The PA has expressed concern that its banks will be exposed to lawsuits alleging support for terrorism, as Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by Israel and Western countries.

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