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Israel Strikes Hamas Naval Base after Gaza Rocket Fire

Israel Strikes Hamas Naval Base after Gaza Rocket Fire

Thursday, 22 August, 2019 - 07:45
A member of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas inspects the scene of an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight in retaliation for rocket attacks from the territory, the military said Thursday.

Hamas launched two rockets at Israel late Wednesday -- bringing to six the number of strikes from Gaza in less than a week -- the army said, adding that they caused no casualties or damage.

In retaliation, the army said it "struck "a number of military targets in a Hamas naval facility in the northern Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian security source told AFP a naval base west of Gaza City had been "targeted several times" by Israeli aircraft.

The source said aircraft had also targeted "three sites in the central Gaza Strip and in Khan Yunis" in the south. He reported no casualties.

There have been a series of deadly incidents along the Gaza border since the start of the month. The tit-for-tat exchange has shattered weeks of a tense calm along the volatile border.

Regular mass protests began along the border in March last year demanding the easing of Israel's more than decade-old blockade of the territory and the right for Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

At least 305 Palestinians have since been killed by Israeli fire, the majority during demonstrations.

Seven Israelis have been killed in Gaza-related violence over the same period.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is widely seen as wanting to avoid an escalation in the Gaza Strip before a September 17 general elections, but he faces heavy political pressure to respond firmly.

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