Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip continued Friday morning for the third consecutive day, with the Israeli army accusing Hamas of launching mortar rounds near the border area.
Witnesses told Ma’an Israeli warplanes targeted open areas east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, with no injuries reported.
At dawn, Israeli forces also fired three shells at eastern Rafah, with no injuries reported, witnesses said.
In a statement released Friday morning, the Israeli army said the Israeli airforce targeted “Hamas terror infrastructure” earlier at around 6 am Friday.
The statement accused Hamas of launching mortar rounds since Tuesday “against forces during operational defensive activities adjacent to the security fence with the Gaza Strip,” adding that Friday morning’s offensive was the 12th such incident over the last three days.
Israeli army spokesperson Peter Lerner said in response to the incident: ”The repeated attacks against the IDF (Israeli army) activities to locate and destroy cross border tunnels will not be tolerated. Hamas' diabolical plan to infiltrate into Israeli communities must be stopped.”
Later Friday afternoon, Israeli media outlet The Jerusalem Post reported a mortar fell adjacent to Israeli forces in southern Israel near the Gaza border, with no damage or injuries reported. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they could not confirm the reports.
The Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine warned on Friday that Israel's targeting of civilians and escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip would "push the resistance to reciprocate." more