Israeli tank, aircraft hit Gaza after rocket fire


The Israeli military said it hit the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers with tank and aircraft fire late Monday after Palestinians earlier launched a rocket at southern Israel.

“In response to the rocket fired, a tank and the Israel Air Force targeted Hamas military posts in the southern Gaza Strip,” an army statement said in English.

It did not say where the rocket fell or report any casualties. There was also no word on injuries on the Gaza side of the border.

It was the first rocket fire since Friday evening that triggered repeated Israeli strikes throughout that night and into Saturday in which two members of Hamas’s military wing were killed.

The Israeli army says it holds Hamas responsible for all attacks originating from the territory under its control.

The latest wave of rocket fire followed US President Donald Trump’s statement on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

On Thursday, Israel also used air strikes and tank fire into Gaza after what a military statement described as “a projectile” was fired into southern Israel.

Palestinian security officials in the enclave said the sites hit were two Hamas posts.

The Israeli military said the targets were “two terror posts”, without identifying them.