Israel launches attack targeting Hamas in Gaza

Palestinian men inspect the damage at the site of an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis on Sunday. A rocket was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Saturday, the army said, shortly after warning sirens sounded in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. Photo by Ismael Mohamad/UPI

Nov. 23 (UPI) — Israel said Sunday its military struck Hamas targets in Gaza overnight in retaliation for a rocket fired earlier from the region toward Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces said Air Force jets struck two rocket ammunition manufacturing sites, underground infrastructure and a military compound.

“We hold Hamas responsible,” it said in a statement, as it holds the militant Palestinian organization responsible for all that occurs in Gaza.

The rocket was fired late Saturday from Gaza toward southern Israel, the military said.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned Hamas against conducting any more provocations, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“The IDF carried out a large and powerful retaliation tonight,” he said. “We live with a very wide range of operational plans to protect the people of the south and if these violations of sovereignty continue, Hamas and the people of Gaza will meet these plans soon and I strongly advise them not to do so.”

The attack occurred a week after Israel’s military struck Hamas’ underground infrastructure and military in Gaza in response to rockets launched toward the center of Israel.

No one has claimed responsibility for either of the rocket launches from Gaza.


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