Rocket sirens in southern Israel

Katrina Barker
February 18, 2018

Palestinian children check their house that was damaged in an Israeli airstrike on a nearby Hamas base in Khan Yunis town in the southern Gaza Strip on December 13, 2017.

In response, he said, the military struck six targets in Gaza including a weapons manufacturing site and an underground tunnel for militants being built in the direction of Israel.

Israeli fighter jets continued to strike Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, as the army said that the latest series of rocket sirens heard in border communities throughout the night were false alarms.

In a separate incident, an IDF tank opened fire on a group of Palestinians approaching the border in a "suspicious manner", the army said.

On February 10, more than 50 Palestinian protesters were injured by Israeli forces, which used live ammunition to suppress the 10th "Friday of Rage" rally.

The sources said that Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist groups were not behind Saturday afternoon's roadside bombing that resulted in four wounded IDF soldiers and which brought down the wrath of the IDF. "We will respond appropriately", said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Hamas-run health ministry said at least two people were wounded.

Israel holds the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas responsible for any fire coming from the blockaded coastal enclave.

IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus said the device had been planted there "under cover" of a riot organised by Hamas on Friday and had been attached to a flag.

The Israeli army responds automatically to any strikes on its territory, generally targeting Hamas facilities.

Netanyahu will visit the White House next month, a senior United States administration official told AFP on Friday, February 16.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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