Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas military installations in the Gaza Strip on Saturday in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave, led by the Islamist movement, the Israeli army said.
“A while ago, in response to the rocket attack, the planes [militares israelíes] attacked several Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip,” the army said in a statement.
The attacks came after Hamas “launched a rocket … towards Israeli civilians in southern Israel,” the army said, explaining that the projectile was intercepted by Israel’s air defenses.
“The planes targeted a Hamas weapons manufacturing center and three Hamas military posts,” the army said in the statement.
Before dawn, alarm sirens sounded in Ashkelon and other cities in southern Israel, bordering the Gaza Strip, to warn of a rocket attack.
On Friday, three Palestinian gunmen, including a Hamas commander, were killed in exchanges of fire with Israeli forces carrying out an operation in the Jenin area of the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel for more than 50 years.