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Israeli airstrikes target several sites in Gaza, Hamas responds with rocket fire

June 20, 2018 1:47 P.M. (Updated: June 21, 2018 3:06 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli military planes carried out airstrikes targeting several locations belonging to the Hamas movement in the besieged Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday, while Hamas fighters fired dozens of rockets into Israeli territory in the predawn hours of Wednesday.

At least three Palestinians were injured in the shelling of the Tel al-Sultan neighborhood of Rafah City in southern Gaza. According to locals, Israeli forces targeted the site, a site belonging to the military and naval wing of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement.

Another site in the southern Gaza district of Khan Younis was targeted by an airstrike.

In the northern Gaza Strip, east of the Jabaliya refugee camp, Israeli air forces targeted at least two Hamas sites.

Meanwhile, according to a statement by the Israeli army, the Air Force struck a total of 25 Hamas targets across the Gaza Strip in three waves. Eleven targets were attacked in the last wave “in four military compounds of the Hamas terror organization, including an underground training facility.”

On Wednesday morning, following the wave of airstrikes on Gaza, Hamas forces responded by firing several rockets into southern Israel.

Israeli news website Ynet reported, “about 45 rocket and mortar shells were launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night, some exploding in the Gaza vicinity communities.”

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that about 45 rocket-propelled grenades were launched from the Gaza Strip, adding that Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system intercepted seven of them, while at least three fell within Gaza territory.

No injuries were reported in Israel.

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