Israeli jets hit militant targets in Gaza after rocket fire

JERUSALEM — Israel’s military said early Sunday it launched strikes against militant targets in the Gaza Strip, a day after rockets were fired from the Hamas-ruled territory.

Video filmed in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, showed three huge explosions and fighter jets could be heard flying overhead. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.

The Israeli military said the attacks targeted a rocket manufacturing facility and a military post for Hamas. The militant Islamic group was also blamed for violence emanating out of the area it owns.

The airstrikes come as retaliation for two rockets fired from Gaza on Saturday which landed in the Mediterranean Sea off central Israel.

It was not clear whether the rockets were meant to hit Israel, but Gaza-based militant groups often test-fire missiles toward the sea. No casualties were reported from Saturday’s rocket launch.

Apart from a single incident in September, there has been no cross-border rocket fire since a cease-fire ended an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas in May.

The cease-fire, brokered by Egypt and other mediators, has been fragile. Hamas militant group claims that Israel failed to take any serious measures to lift the blockade it placed on Gaza after Egypt helped when the Islamic movement took control of the coastal area in 2007..

Tension are also high as other groups like the smaller but more hardline Islamic Jihad threaten military escalation if Israel doesn’t end the administrative detention of a Palestinian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for over 130 days.

On Wednesday, Palestinian militants in Gaza shot and lightly wounded an Israeli civilian near the security fence and Israel responded with tank fire targeting multiple Hamas sites in the first exchange of fire in months.

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