Israel strikes ‘rocket factory’ in Gaza after rockets launched at south

The Israeli military launched an attack on the Gaza Strip early Friday, hours after four rockets were fired into Israel from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave.

The Israel Defense Forces announced that it had carried out an airstrike on an underground rocket manufacturing facility used by the terror group Hamas.

That A satellite photo was published It was a site showing an area near several buildings and agricultural plots at the northwestern edge of al-Magazi refugee camp in central Gaza. It said the hit was the third such facility since April.

“The strike was carried out in response to a launch this evening from Gazan territory into Israeli territory,” the IDF said in a statement shortly before 4 a.m.

The commander of the so-called “fire center” of the IDF Southern Command, which coordinates the unit’s offensive operations, said 19 tons of munitions were bombarded at the site.

“It will harm the efforts of the Hamas terrorist group to build up and arm itself,” said Colonel Yud, who could only be identified by his initials in Hebrew.

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The Palestinian Shehab news agency said the attack took place at a “resistance site” in al-Maghazi.

No injuries were immediately reported.

Images of fireballs and smoke spreading in Gaza during the airstrikes were shared on social media. Unconfirmed video footage shows successive strikes repeatedly hitting the same area as jets are heard screeching overhead.

Amid the strikes, Palestinians fired heavy machine gun fire at Israeli planes over the coastal enclave. At least one house in the southern city of Sderot was hit by a large bullet and they fell back to earth.

The retaliation came after four rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Thursday.

Israel’s military said one rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system over a border town, and three others landed in the Strip.

No casualties or damages were reported following the rocket attack.

No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the launches, but the IDF said Hamas was responsible.

The rocket attack came hours after a Palestinian Islamic Jihad member was killed during an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin. Farooq Salama was identified as a “commander” in the Gaza-based PIJ terrorist group.

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The IDF and Border Police said in a joint statement that Salama was involved in the killing of a senior police commando earlier this year and was planning more attacks.

In this undated photo, Farouk Salama, wearing a Palestinian Islamic Jihad uniform, is seen in the West Bank city of Jenin. (Social Media)

Israel generally responds with airstrikes against Hamas sites, regardless of the attacking group, and holds them accountable for any attacks emanating from the area. If a terrorist group claims responsibility, it rarely responds to Islamic Jihad.

The last time rockets were fired from the coastal enclave into Israel was during the three-day war against Islamic Jihad in August.

Tensions have risen in the West Bank recently as the IDF pressed with a counter-terrorist offensive focused mostly on the northern West Bank, although the violence has not spilled over into Gaza in general.

The campaign has netted more than 2,000 arrests in nighttime raids, but killed more than 125 Palestinians, many — but not all — of them during raids or during clashes with security forces.

Earlier on Thursday, Israel announced the removal of checkpoints inside and outside the city of Nablus. Israel imposed restrictions weeks ago, cracking down on the city in response to a new terrorist group known as Lion’s Den. The military has carried out repeated operations in the city in recent weeks, killing or arresting the group’s top commanders.

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The IDF’s counter-terror offensive in the West Bank follows a series of Palestinian attacks that killed 19 people earlier this year.

An Israeli man was killed in an attack in Hebron on Saturday, another woman was killed in a suspected attack in September, and four soldiers were killed in the West Bank during an attack and arrest.

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