Israel hits Hamas post after rocket fire from Gaza
October 05 2016 12:22 PM
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Palestinian members of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, display home-made rockets in this file picture.

AFP/Gaza City, Palestinian Territories

Israeli tank fire struck a Hamas post in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after a rocket launched from the Palestinian enclave hit a nearby Israeli city, with no casualties reported on either side.
The rocket hit the Israeli city of Sderot, part of which lies barely a kilometre northeast of the Gaza Strip, run by Islamist movement Hamas, the Israeli military said.
The area was closed off and bomb disposal teams were working at the site, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Later, Hamas security sources said Israeli tank fire struck a post run by its military wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, east of Beit Hanoun near the border with Israel.
The Israeli army and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008 and there are frequent flare-ups along the border.
Israel often responds to rocket fire from Gaza with air strikes.
In August, it carried out dozens of retaliatory strikes after a rocket hit Sderot, a far larger response than usual.
Israeli media reported that attack was the first time downtown Sderot had been struck by a rocket from Gaza since the last war in 2014.
Hardliners who sympathise with jihadists of the Islamic State group have claimed recent rocket fire from Gaza, but Israel holds Hamas responsible for all such activity.
The small jihadist groups oppose Hamas, which has sought to crack down on them in the past.



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