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Israeli military says 2 Gaza rockets hit southern part, hits Hamas targets

Israeli aircraft attacks two military facilities for Hamas, the Islamic group ruling Gaza

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israel | Gaza | Gaza conflict

AP | PTI  |  Gaza City 

Gaza : Smoke raises in the background following an Israeli airstrike hits a governmental building in Gaza City , Saturday, July 14, 2018. Photo: AP/PTI
There were no reports of injuries in either incident and no Palestinian militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the rocket attack.

The Israeli military said Palestinian militants in the Strip fired two rockets into southern late Friday, shattering months of near-total calm.

In response, Israeli aircraft attacked two military facilities for Hamas, the Islamic group ruling

There were no reports of injuries in either incident and no Palestinian militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the rocket attack. The rockets, which hit in open areas of Israel, were fired a day after Hamas warned of violence over Israeli plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli military said the airstrikes will impede" Hamas' future abilities.

Tensions are simmering in the Palestinian territories over Israel's annexation plans for the West Bank, including the strategically important Jordan Valley.

The annexation would effectively dash Palestinian hopes of establishing a viable state in the West Bank, Strip and east Jerusalem.

On Thursday, the armed wing of Hamas warned of violence if proceeds with the annexation plans, saying such a move amounts to a declaration of war.

For most of the first half of 2020, the Gaza-frontier remained calm as Hamas stopped weekend demonstrations that often turned violent. The threat of the coronavirus appears also to have contributed to the calm.

On Saturday, about 100,000 poor Gaza families will begin receiving $100 each as a donation from Qatar. The oil-rich Persian Gulf country has donated for nearly a year to help bolster calm and prevent Hamas and Israel from going to a war.

First Published: Sat, June 27 2020. 11:17 IST
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