Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Israeli air force hits target in Gaza Strip


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli air force attacked a target in the northern Gaza Strip in the early hours of Wednesday after a missile fired from the Gaza Strip hit an open area near the town of Ashkelon in the western Negev.

The Israeli strike landed in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, witnesses told Ma'an, with the Israeli army stating that the strike had targeted "the launcher from which the rocket was fired at Israel earlier."

The strike came hours after the rocket fired from the Gaza Strip fell on open ground in the vicinity of Yad Mordechai, a kibbutz near the Israel-Gaza border.

No injuries were reported in either the rocket launch or the Israeli strike.

Wednesday's exchange was the fifth in just under a month, with the most recent rocket fired from Gaza landing in Israel on June 6 answered within hours by an Israeli air strike into the coastal strip.

A rocket was fired on June 11 but it fell short and landed on the Palestinian side of the Gaza border.

No damage or casualties have been caused by the recent rockets fired from Gaza, and Israeli airstrikes have left structural damage only.

The exchanges come as Israel and Hamas have allegedly been holding indirect talks for cementing a long-term truce in the Gaza Strip, Hamas sources said last week.

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