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Israel military hits ‘Hamas positions’ in Gaza

Flames seen following an Israeli air raid on Hamas site in Gaza March 24, 2021 [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/ Reuters]

Israel military hits ‘Hamas positions’ in Gaza.

The Israeli military says it administered night-time raids against Hamas positions within the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire from the besieged Palestinian enclave.

A witness in Gaza told the AFP press agency that the Israeli military hit Hamas positions within the southern parts of the Strip just after 2:30am (00:30 GMT) on Wednesday.

The Associated Press also reported an explosion over Gaza within the early hours of Wednesday.

The Israeli military said its fighter jets and attack helicopters struck a Hamas rocket manufacturing site and a post “in response to the rocket fired from Gaza into Israel tonight”.

According to local Palestinian press agency Maan, the location southwest of Gaza City was struck by five missiles. Another site east of Deir al-Balah within the central Gaza Strip was also targeted.

An Israeli military spokesperson told AFP a rocket from Gaza had hit an open field in southern Israel.

There were no immediate reports of injury or casualties caused by the rocket, the primary fired from the Palestinian enclave since January, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Gaza, with a population of quite 2 million, is governed by the Hamas movement but the enclave remains under a strict Israeli land, air and blockade . The UN has dubbed it an “open-air prison”.

Hundreds of Palestinians are killed in recent years as they protested against the blockade, which Israel has justified on security grounds.

The Israeli raids came shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the southern city of Beersheba to undertake to whomp up support among voters because the country held its fourth election in but two years.

According to exit polls, Netanyahu has did not win the bulk needed to make a government.

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