Military: Israel hits Hamas sites in Gaza over a rocket firing – Nexus News

Yesterday, Israeli fighter jets struck Hamas sites in Gaza in response to rocket firing towards Israel, an Israeli army spokesman disclosed in a social media post early on today.

There were no instant reports of casualties in the attack.

Sirens warning of incoming rocket fire sounded near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip late on Friday, the Israeli military stated.

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defence system (L) intercepts rockets (R) fired by the Hamas movement towards southern Israel from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip as seen in the sky above the Gaza Strip overnight on May 14, 2021.

The sirens were sounded just hours after police arrested two individuals from Gaza’s Islamic Jihad group who had eluded from a maximum-security Israeli prison earlier this week.

Early on Saturday, The Jerusalem Post reported that two more escaped prisoners have been arrested. They were named as Zakaria Zubeidi and Mahmoud al-Arida.

The recent increase in cross-border violence tests a fragile truce that put an end to fierce fighting in May.

Not less than 250 Palestinians, many of them civilians and children, and 13 Israelis were killed in the May attack on Gaza, during which Israel carried out relentless air raids across the coastal enclave, causing Gaza fighters to fire rockets towards Israeli cities.

Israel keeps Gaza under blockade, strictly restraining movement out of the territory that is home to two million Palestinians.

Egypt also maintains restraints on the enclave. Both cite threats from Hamas for the restrictions.

The blockade restricts the movement of goods and people in and out of Gaza and has destroyed the territory’s economy and harmed the population of two million.

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