3 Strikes in 24 Hours

Israel Attacks Hamas Posts in Gaza Overnight After Machine Gun Fire Hits Israeli House

IDF responds to earlier gunfire, says 'We are determined to ensure security for the residents of Israel'

FILE PHOTO: Israeli attacks on Hamas compounds.
Eliyahu Hershkovitz

The Israeli army attacked Hamas military compounds in the northern Gaza Strip overnight on Wednesday, according to the IDF spokesperson's unit. Four different targets were attacked, including buildings, infrastructure, and a weapons production facility.

The strikes come after shots were fired from Gaza toward homes in the southern Israel city of Sderot. None were wounded but machine gun fire caused propety damage, according to the Israeli military.

"The IDF considers this incident with severity and holds the terrorist organization Hamas responsible for everything that takes place within and without the Gaza Strip," said the statement.

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Earlier Wednesday, the Israeli army struck several Hamas outposts in the Gaza Strip in response to shots fired at Israeli forces, the IDF spokesperson said. The Israeli army reported no casualties in both incidents. 

The "IDF Is determined to carry out its mission to ensure security for the residents of Israel," the spokesman said, and reiterated that Hamas is responsible for any "terrorist" acts carried out in the Gaza Strip. 

On Tuesday, two Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire and 160 were wounded during protests on the Gaza border, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry.

One of the dead was identified as Nasser Aourab, 51. He and another Palestinian were both killed east of Al-Bureij refugee camp. Most of wounded suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Around 4,000 protesters gathered Tuesday night at six locations along the border fence of the Gaza Strip, as many of the 62 Palestinians killed by the IDF on Monday were buried.

The IDF said that at least 24 out of the 62 were militants – most of them members of Hamas and some of Islamic Jihad.