The Israeli air force early Saturday morning launched airstrikes across the Gaza Strip targeting Hamas facilities after rockets were fired from the besieged enclave, army officials said.
Official sources in Gaza told Ma’an that Israeli warplanes targeted training grounds used by the military wing of Hamas, the al-Qassam Brigades.
One airstrike hit the al-Yarmouk training site in western Gaza City and another landed in the Falastin training site east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.
Another strike targeted an open area near what was once the Gaza International Airport east of Rafah city in southern Gaza, and a fourth hit an open area in the central Gaza Strip, officials and locals told Ma’an.
No human casualties have been reported though the strikes reportedly left noticeable material damages.
The Israeli army said in a statement that multiple rockets had been launched from the Gaza Strip at Southern Israel on Friday night. Sirens reportedly sounded throughout communities in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council as two rockets hit an open area.
Friday night’s rocket fire — as well as rocket fire over the past year — has not been claimed by the al-Qassam Brigades, however Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks from the Gaza Strip and typically targets Hamas infrastructure after such attacks.
Israeli airstrikes carried out in October that the army said targeted Hamas weapons manufacturing facilities killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her two-year-old daughter when their home was hit.
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