Israeli planes strike on Gaza militants in response to rockets

2015-09-19 09:19
Gaza border. (AFP)

Gaza border. (AFP)

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Gaza - Israeli warplanes on Friday night struck a training facility for Islamic Hamas militants in northern Gaza Strip, according to witnesses.

No injuries or damages were reported. The airstrike, which was reported also by Israeli media, was in response to earlier rockets attack fired from Gaza into southern Israel.

Three rockets were fired from northern Gaza into southern Israel Friday night, residents and security officials in Gaza said. Two short-range rockets were fired earlier on Friday evening into the southern Israeli town of Sderot.

Israeli media said that one of the two rockets damaged an Israeli bus in the town, and an Israeli woman was reported lightly injured. Israel vowed a tough response.

After the rocket attacks, Israeli reconnaissance drones hovered over northern Gaza, while several flares were fired into Gaza skies, said security officials in the interior ministry.

No responsibility was claimed for the rocket attacks. Israel pointed the finger at Hamas movement, which has ruled and controlled the enclave since 2007.

Senior Hamas leader in northern Gaza Fathi Hammad told a Hamas rally on Friday in northern Gaza that Hamas is not committed to any truce deals reached with Israel.

"We are not committed to any calm as long as violations against the [al-Aqsa] Mosque go on," said Hammad. "Hamas will liberate al-Aqsa Mosque within three years as well as Be'er Sheva and Ashkelon."

The al-Aqsa Mosque refers to the holy site in Jerusalem claimed by both Muslims and Jews. It is known as the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims and the Temple Mount to Jews, and was the site of renewed clashes on Friday between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces.

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