The Israeli armed forces carried out strikes in the Gaza Strip early today after a rocket was fired from the Palestinian enclave into Israeli territory, eyewitnesses said, as well as the ruling Hamas Islamist movement.
The Israeli Air Force struck positions in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, eyewitnesses said, while the Hamas armed wing announced that it had opened fire on Israeli aircraft.
“Congratulations to the resistance fighters who confronted the fighter jets with our air defenses,” said Hazem Qassem, a Hamas spokesman, who said the Israeli army had hit “empty spaces”.
Neither eyewitnesses nor sources close to the security forces in the Gaza Strip spoke of casualties in the airstrikes, which followed the firing of rockets against Israeli territory, which was intercepted by the anti-aircraft defense system Sidi.
“In retaliation for this attack, fighter jets of the Israeli armed forces hit the weapons factories of the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli general staff said in a press release issued in the early hours of the morning.
The exchanges of fire are recorded after the violent incidents of the weekend in and around the Mosque Square, the third holiest place of worship of Islam, known as the Temple Mount to the Jews. More than 170 people were injured in the incidents, most of them Palestinians.