Israel strikes Gaza — Analysis
IDF claims that the attack was made in response to a rocket being fired into Israeli territory via the Enclave.
Israel Defense Forces have attacked Hamas targets within Gaza Strip, early Tuesday. It was claimed that it was revenge for the first rocket launched at Israel by the Palestinian enclave almost four months ago.
The IDF reports that several targets including a weapon manufacturing plant were struck by Israeli warplanes. Gaza’s media reported that bombings occurred to the west of Khan Younis, in the southern portion of the enclave. There were no deaths or injuries.
Hamas spokeswoman said that they were using Twitter to say “some empty sites” were struck. He also praised the group’s members, saying they employed surface-to-air missiles against Israeli jets for the first time.
The IDF later acknowledged that Hamas fired anti-aircraft weapons at one of its planes, but didn’t harm it.
According to Lebanon-based broadcaster Al Mayadeen, the group used a Soviet-designed Strela-2 shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile system.
Israeli forces stated that they were responding to a rocket launched from Gaza late Monday at Israeli territory. It was intercepted by the country’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
Hamas insisted that it wasn’t responsible for the attack, which also hadn’t been claimed by any other radical groups operating in the region. However, the IDF stressed that they were responsible. “considers Hamas responsible for what unfolds in the Gaza Strip”Because it is de facto the governing authority within the enclave.
Monday’s incident saw a rocket fired at Israel from Gaza for the first time since January 1.It came following several days of violent clashes at the Temple Mount complex (as referred by Jews) or Al-Aqsa compound (as referred by Palestinians), and a series of terrorist attacks in Israel in recent weeks.
The Temple Mount is recognized as the holiest place in Judaism. However, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is located in the south part of the compound and is third in Islam. It is located in East Jerusalem and has been under Israeli occupation since 1967. The Jewish state maintains security.
The worst clash between Israel and Hamas for almost a decade was sparked by a flare-up at SITE last year. According to UN statistics, the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in May resulted, among others, in more than 250 deaths in Gaza.