Israel conducts new airstrike on besieged Gaza


The Israeli military confirmed its warplanes have launched a new airstrike against a position of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas in the besieged Gaza Strip.

In a Twitter post, the military said the airstrike was conducted in the early hours of Thursday against an “underground network” located at a “military compound of Hamas in the southern Gaza Strip.”

The statement said the airstrike was in response to a rocket allegedly fired from Gaza toward the Israeli-occupied territories late Wednesday, which was intercepted.

It is not clear whether the strike has caused any damage or casualties.

The strike comes shortly after Israel tightened fishing restrictions against the Gaza Strip, claiming that a barrage of incendiary balloons had been launched from the coastal enclave.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli blockade since June 2007.

Palestinians have held weekly rallies along the Gaza border to protest the siege on the enclave and demand the right to return of those Palestinians displaced by Israeli aggression since 1948.

More than 270 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces ever since anti-occupation protest rallies began in the Gaza Strip on March 30, 2018. Over 16,000 Palestinians have also sustained injuries.

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