GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip ( Associated Press) – The Israeli Air Force struck several military sites in the Gaza Strip early Sunday after Palestinian guerrillas fired missiles into southern Israel, a move that reportedly escalated tensions in the occupied West Bank. , Israeli officials told .
The Israeli military said the airstrikes targeted an arms manufacturing facility and an underground tunnel belonging to Hamas, the rebel group that has controlled Gaza since 2007.
According to the armed forces, other shells were fired across the border as warplanes attacked targets in Gaza.
No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for firing the missile that was reported on Saturday and that fell in an open area near the fence between Gaza and Israel. The border has been at peace since three days of clashes in August between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a less influential group than Hamas in Gaza.
Hamas and other factions have largely honored an informal deal that has kept peace in the impoverished region in exchange for thousands of Israeli work permits. Israel and Egypt have imposed a blockade against Gaza to prevent Hamas from hoarding firearms.
The Israeli military said “night airstrikes keep up the advance” to prevent a build-up of force by Hamas.
Opponents of the blockade claim that the measure is collective punishment that harms Gaza’s 2.3 million residents.
While Gaza has remained calm, tensions have been simmering for months in the West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority has limited rule over parts of the territory.
Israel carried out almost daily raids said to target Palestinians wanted for involvement in or planning attacks, following Palestinian attacks on Israelis in the spring that left 19 dead.
The military claims the raids are aimed at eliminating and thwarting future attacks, but the Palestinians say that with these actions Israel reinforces its indefinite occupation that has completed 56 years. A recent spate of Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets killed nine more.