JERUSALEM: Israel’s military said its aircraft struck Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip early Thursday after Palestinians fired a rocket from the territory into southern Israel overnight.
“Overnight, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip, targeting civilians in southern Israel,” a military statement said, adding that the rocket fell on open ground near the city of Ashkelon and no injuries were reported.
“In response to this attack, Israel Air Force aircraft targeted terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.”
Hamas security forces said the strikes targeted a training centre for the Islamic movement’s military wing at El Bureij refugee camp, in the centre of the strip, and a “communications centre” in the north.
There were no casualties, they said in a statement.
Last week on Wednesday, July 8, Israel and Palestinians marked one year since last summer’s devastating war in the Gaza Strip.
The war took a heavy toll on Gaza, killing 2,251 Palestinians, including more than 500 children.
Seventy-three people were killed on the Israeli side, including 67 soldiers.
It was the third war in Gaza in six years, and by far the deadliest and most destructive of the three, leaving families wondering when the suffering will end.
A United Nations report released last month said both sides may have committed war crimes during the 50-day conflict, which has left more than 100,000 Gazans homeless in the impoverished enclave of nearly two million people.