The Israeli army carried out strikes on Saturday June 18 on positions of the Palestinian movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack. Before dawn, alarm sirens sounded in the city of Ashkelon and other localities in southern Israel, bordering the Gaza Strip. “The Islamist movement Hamas fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli citizens in southern Israel. The rocket was intercepted by the missile shield”the Israeli army explained in its press release.

No casualties to report

In retaliation, the army carried out a series of strikes on Hamas positions in the Palestinian enclave which has been under an Israeli blockade for more than 15 years. “Planes targeted a Hamas weapons manufacturing site as well as three Hamas military posts”according to the IDF.

The Israeli raids, carried out in particular in the south-east of Gaza City, constitute “an extension of aggression from Palestinian lands to Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank”after the death of three Palestinians in Jenin, said the Hamas spokesman, who did not report casualties following the strikes.

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