Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Israeli strikes Hamas posts in Gaza after mortar fire

Israeli strikes Hamas posts in Gaza after mortar fire

Israeli airplanes bombed six targets in Gaza on Thursday after Palestinian militants fired about 12 mortars at Israeli forces, according to the Israeli army. Israeli army spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said there were no casualties from the Palestinian mortar attacks.

No injuries were reported on either side of the fence dividing the Gaza Strip from Israel.

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"During the past hour, and parallel to the false alarm in Sha'ar HaNegev, a number of mortar rounds were fired at a military post adjacent to the northern Gaza Strip", the army said in a statement.

Shortly before the mortar attack, a siren went off in the area surrounding the Gaza Strip. Palestinians face near daily fire from forces while tending to their farmland near the border with Israel and while fishing within the reduced fishing area. IDF tanks and warplanes then attacked four Hamas positions near the town of Beit Hanoun located in the northeastern part of the Gaza Strip.

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According to Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the IDF knows the names of the perpetrators and that they belong to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, though it still holds Hamas responsible.

No group has claimed responsibility for the alleged rocket attack, while Palestinian officials have yet to issue comment regarding the army's assertions.

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Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip have fought three wars since 2008.

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