Israel Strikes Hamas Compound in Gaza in Response to Earlier Rocket Fire

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Rocket lands in the Eshkol Regional Council, January 1, 2018
Rocket lands in the Eshkol Regional Council, January 1, 2018Credit: ESHKOL REGIONAL COUNCIL

The Israeli Air Force hit a Hamas Military compound in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday morning. 

The rocket was in retaliation to an earlier rocket fired from Gaza, which struck an open area in southern Israel on Monday. There were no casualties or damage in the incident.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that Israel holds Hamas responsible for any rockets fired toward Israel from the Strip.

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Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza on Saturday night in response to Friday's rocket fire launched from Gaza. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Iran built and supplied the mortar shells fired by Salafist terror groups.

When asked whether Iran had transferred the shells to Hamas, which still controls the Strip, Lieberman said that Iran "supplied [them] to many in Gaza, it's too early to say which." Lieberman added that Israel has deterred Hamas from seeking a new conflict, but that Israel is losing its deterrence with radical Salafists supported by Iran. "They want to drag us into full-scale war," he said.

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