Israeli warplanes wage attacks on central, southern Gaza Strip
The attacks against the blockaded Palestinian territory reportedly took place early Monday morning in what the Israeli regime claimed as a response to missiles fired from Gaza.
Press reports out of the densely-populated sliver controlled by Hamas resistance movement indicate that the Israeli warplanes struck three areas in the impoverished Palestinian region.
Palestinian witnesses have reportedly said the air raids struck uninhabited areas and left no injuries.
Tel Aviv officials, meanwhile, have blamed members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement for “at least six rockets” that they claimed were fired from northern Gaza.
The Israeli regime further asserted that the rockets inflicted no damage or injuries.
On Sunday, Israeli news outlets reported that sirens blared in a number of areas in southern Israel and two of the rockets were intercepted by the US-supplied Iron Dome anti-missile system in the Ashkelon area.
Additionally, a spokesman for Israel’s military forces claimed that Israeli warplanes targeted “rocket-launching sites.”
On May 13, an Israeli incursion was carried into the Palestinian-owned lands in the town of Beit Hanoun in northeastern Gaza Strip.
The Israeli regime has carried out a number of military incursions into Gaza in recent months, including an intrusion into Beit Hanoun in May and three airstrikes in late April on the southern town of Khan Younis and near the town of Rafah.
In November 2012, Israeli military forces launched the so-called Operation Pillar of Defense I against Gaza. Over 160 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed and about 1,200 others were injured across the Palestinian enclave during the eight-day war.
In retaliation, Palestinian resistance fighters fired rockets and missiles into Israeli cities, killing at least five Israelis. The offensive ended after Egypt brokered a truce between Hamas and Tel Aviv.
According to a Hamas spokesman, the eight-day Zionist aggression against the Gaza Strip inflicted over USD 1.2 billion worth of damages.
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