Israel Strikes Gaza Hours After Rockets Fired at Tel Aviv

Hamas told Egypt earlier on Saturday that a disproportionate response would lead to escalation

Smoke and fireball rises following an air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, early on Sunday.
Smoke and fireball rises following an air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, early on Sunday. Credit: AFP/SAID KHATIB

Israel attacked targets in Gaza early on Sunday, hours after two rockets were fired from the Hamas-controlled enclave at Israel but fell into the Mediterranean Sea, according to the Israeli army.

The army's statement said that the Israel Defense Forces aircraft attacked several terror targets at a Hamas rocket manufacturing site, in addition to Hamas military posts that were attacked with artillery fire.

Footage of the Israeli strike on Gaza.

The statement added that the scope and type of targets were attacked as a response to the rockets fired at Israel from Gaza earlier on Saturday.

“The terrorist organization Hamas is responsible for what is happening in the Gaza Strip and bears the consequences of terrorist acts there.”

Hamas media reported that the organization fired two anti-aircraft missiles at the aircraft that carried out the attack.

A Hamas official claimed earlier on Saturday that stormy weather caused a malfunction that triggered the launch of the rockets, which fell off the coast of Tel Aviv. No group has claimed responsibility for the shooting.

Smoke rises off the coast of Tel Aviv on Saturday.

Anticipating Israeli retribution, Hamas had warned Egypt – which often mediates between the group and Israel – that a disproportionate response would lead to escalation. A Hamas official quoted in Palestinian media said the group has evacuated several military sites in the Strip.

Hamas, as well as Islamic Jihad, warned of more serious action if hunger striker Hisham Abu Hawash, whose situation has been rapidly deteriorating, dies in Israeli custody.

On Wednesday, an Israeli man was lightly wounded after shots were fired along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military struck Hamas positions in response, wounding at least three Palestinians.

No other casualties were reported on the Israeli side. The employee was a contractor doing maintenance work on Israel's border fence.

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