Israel strikes Gaza again in retaliation to rocket fire
Jerusalem, Sep 13 (EFE).- Israel conducted airstrikes in the Gaza Strip for the third consecutive day in response to rockets fired overnight from the Hamas-controlled territory at Israel, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said Monday.
“Terrorists in Gaza fired rockets at Israel for the 3rd night in a row, endangering lives in Gaza and Israel,” the IDF wrote on Twitter. “In response, we struck 4 Hamas compounds used for military training, a weapons workshop & an entrance to an underground terrorist tunnel.”
“We will not tolerate terrorist activities from Gaza,” it continued.
It was the third day in a row that the Israeli military responded to attacks launched into its territory but which were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
Israel holds Hamas, the de facto ruler of the coastal enclave, responsible for any attacks originating out of the strip.
No injuries were reported in the airstrikes on Gaza, which has been under the Israeli blockade since 2007 when Hamas took control.
Tensions have been on the rise in recent days after four of the six Palestinian fugitives who dug their way out of an Israeli high-security prison last week were captured.
In recent weeks, Israel has eased some restrictions imposed on Gaza. However, the two sides fought for 11 days in May, leaving 260 people killed in Gaza and 13 others in Israel. It also left millions of dollars worth of damage in the strip.
The flare-up ended on May 21, after Egypt brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.EFE