Israeli warplane launches airstrikes on central Gaza


Israel has launched an airstrike targeting a position of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement in the central part of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army said, “the aircraft bombed a Hamas observation post east of Juhor ad-Dik (village) in the central Gaza Strip.”

The military claimed that the strike was conducted after four rockets were fired toward the Israeli-occupied territory. Only one of the rockets reached the area, while the other three appear to have exploded within the Gaza Strip, it added.

There were no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage caused.

This is the latest in a string of cross-border incidents. The measures came after three rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Sunday night, according to the army, which said two of them were intercepted by air defence systems.

On Monday Israeli warplanes hit what the military said were “terror targets in a Hamas military compound in the northern Gaza Strip, including the office of a Hamas battalion commander.”

Israel also announced it was slashing by half the fuel it pipes to the strip’s main power station, meaning a cut to Gaza’s already meagre electricity supply.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.


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