Israel strikes Hamas sites after rocket fired from Gaza

Lucy Hill
February 7, 2017

In response, an Israeli tank targeted a Hamas post in the northern Gaza strip.

The Israeli army on Monday ordered a Palestinian journalist to be detained without trial for six months, less than a year after freeing him following a prolonged hunger strike.

Earlier on Monday morning, unknown militants fired two makeshift rockets from northeast Gaza into southern Israel.

Israel said the action was taken in response to a rocket which landed in an open area south of Ashkelon city today.

Gaza residents said an armed training camp, a security compound and an observation post belonging to Hamas were hit. Palestinian reports say one man, supposedly a fisherman, was injured in the attacks, though his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

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Hamas spokesman Abdulatif al-Qanou said in an emailed press statement that his movement holds Israel responsible for the current military escalation on the Gaza Strip and will be responsible for the consequences.

"The occupation is trying to export its internal corruption crisis to the Gaza Strip".

In addition Hamas, which has been the governing authority of the Gaza Strip since 2007, has been procuring weapons, including long-range missiles that cover most of the territory of the State of Israel. The Israel Defense Forces usually respond with an air strike or targeted attack.

After the devastating conflict of 2014, Israel and Hamas have observed a brittle ceasefire along the largely closed border area.

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