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Israel launches Gaza air strikes 'in response to rocket attack'

Hamas rejected the claim that it was responsible for an earlier attack on Israel

    An Israeli missile strikes a target in Gaza during the 2014 conflict
    An Israeli missile strikes a target in Gaza during the 2014 conflict

    The Israeli military has carried out air strikes in Gaza in response to a rocket attack from the Hamas-controlled territory, according to the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).

    At least four Palestinians were wounded, with one sustaining “serious injuries”, according to al-Jazeera.

    After the attack, the IDF tweeted: “A short while ago, a projectile hit an open region in the Ashkelon region. No injuries have been reported.

    “In response, IAF aircraft targeted two Hamas posts in the northern Gaza strip.”

    Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasem rejected Israel’s claim, telling al-Jazeera: “The air strikes targeted Hamas positions in the centre of the Gaza strip.

    “The occupation claims that a group from Gaza launched rockets at them, but there is no side in Gaza that has claimed responsibility.

    “We are maintaining the period of calm and did not launch any rockets. It is not beneficial for the occupation to violate this period of calm.”

    Since the 2014 Gaza conflict, the ceasefire has mostly been maintained.

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