Israeli Army Confirms Airstrikes Against Hamas in Gaza, Palestinians Report Four Wounded

IDF spokesperson verifies attack against six naval Hamas outposts, says airstrikes are in response to Friday's 'terrorist actions and extensive attempts to breach Israeli territory.' The Gaza Health Ministry reports no wounded thus far

Israeli F-16 warplane takes off to a mission in Lebanon from an air force base in northern Israel
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At least four people were wounded in Israeli airstrikes on Hamas outpost at a port in Gaza, Palestinian media reported Friday. Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson confirmed the attack, saying the IDF struck six naval targets belonging to the organization.

The Gaza Health Ministry has not reported of any wounded thus far. 

Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson released a statement confirming the airstrike, saying it was in response to the "terrorist actions and extensive attempts to breach Israeli territory earlier today."

The statement adds that "for several weeks now, the terrorist organization Hamas has been leading violent riots that act as a guise for a string of terrorist attacks against Israeli security forces and civilians." The statement refers to the incident reported by the IDF earlier Friday, in which hundreds of Palestinians allegedly rushed the border fence, "as they hurl charges, grenades and bottle bombs and even hit and set fire to the border fence."

Concluding the statement, it said "the IDF will not allow the cynical use of civilians, children, women and handicapped people among them, as a guise for the continued terrorist actions against Israeli citizens and the IDF."

Earlier Friday, three Palestinians were killed and at least 833 Palestinians were wounded as thousands particiapted in the "March of Return" along the Israel-Gaza border for the fifth week in a row, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Of the wounded, at least 174 of which by live Israeli fire, four were medical staff and six were journalists, reported the ministry. Two of the wounded are said to be in critical condition, six in very serious condition and 234 in moderate condition.

According to the IDF, hundreds of Palestinians rushed the border in central Gaza near the Karni Crossing. Several were wounded by Israeli fire in response.

The army added that more than 10,000 Palestinians participated in Friday's events, saying "attempts have been made to harm security infrastructure, roll burning tires, hurl rocks and fly kites with flaming objects attached to them."