Israel retaliates, shells Hamas posts in Gaza after a rocket strike on it
Tanks from Israeli defense forces have shelled military positions of Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement early Saturday, the army and Palestinian security sources said, hours after a rocket was launched at southern Israel.
The military in a statement said the Israeli “tanks targeted Hamas military posts in the southern Gaza Strip” in response to the Friday fire.
According to the report, the rocket, which set off sirens in southern Israel, was intercepted by air defenses without causing any casualties or damage.
Also security sources in Gaza said the Saturday tank fire targeted Hamas observation posts east of Rafah and east of Khan Yunis, causing no casualties.
Israel has bombed Gaza almost on daily basis since August 6 in retaliation for the launch of balloons fitted with fire bombs, or, less frequently, rockets.
Gaza militants on Thursday night fired a dozen rockets at Israel, which was retaliated with air strikes on a rocket manufacturing plant and underground infrastructure.
Israeli firefighters meanwhile continued to put out blazes on farmland and scrub set alight by incendiary balloons launched from Gaza.
Meanwhile, an Egyptian delegation was trying to broker a return to an informal truce.
The North African country has on several occasions acted to calm repeated flare-ups in recent years to prevent any repetition of the three wars Israel and Hamas have fought since 2008.
A source close to Hamas disclosed that the movement wants the extension of an industrial zone in the east of Gaza, and the construction of a new power line.