Palestinian Rocket Fire Draws Israeli Air Strikes In Gaza

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GAZA: Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel, causing Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, the IDF said on Sunday.

No casualties were reported on either side of the border. Israeli police said Gaza rocket fired on Saturday night damaged a factory in the southern town of Ashkelon.

The IDF said its plane struck in response to several military sites owned by Hamas, the Islamist armed group that controls Gaza.

Reuters witnesses said the pre-dawn strikes hit targets in Gaza City and the towns of Rafah and Khan Younis in southern Gaza, where flames and plumes of smoke could be seen s bring up some sites.

No Gaza military group immediately claimed responsibility for firing the rocket. Israel and Hamas last fought a war in 2014 and have exchanged fire several times since, although the border has been largely calm in recent months.

“The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible for all events that occur in and emanate from the Gaza Strip, and will bear the consequences of terrorist activities against Israeli civilians,” the military said in a statement.

There was no immediate comment from Hamas officials in Gaza.

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