Israeli aircraft hit Hamas sites in Gaza

Israeli aircraft have hit the Palestinian movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip after rockets were fired from the territory of the enclave, according to a statement released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Monday.

Militants from the Gaza Strip fired three rockets Sunday night toward southern Israel. Two of them were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system and the other hit a road in the vicinity of the coastal Palestinian enclave.

“In response, IDF combat aircraft attacked a number of targets at the Hamas military base in the northern Gaza Strip, including the office of a Hamas battalion commander,” said the statement.

Several Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli counter-attacks and airstrikes against Hamas sites have occurred in the last few weeks.

Israel has been imposing a crippling blockade on the Gaza Strip since Hamas took over the enclave in 2007.

Hamas has intensified its campaign against the blockade with weekly rallies near the fence between Gaza and Israel. More than 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the rallies began in March 2018, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.