Friday, December 19, 2014

Israel hits Hamas site in Gaza with airstrike

(Fox News) The Israeli military said it had carried out an airstrike on a Hamas site in Southern Gaza on Saturday, in response to a rocket strike from the Gaza strip into Israel on Friday.

The Jerusalem Post reports that there were were at least two strikes by the Israel Air Force, and there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed a direct hit in a statement.

"The IDF will not permit any attempt to undermine the security and jeopardize the well being of the civilians of Israel," an IDF spokesman said. "The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible and accountable for today's attack against Israel."

Residents reported hearing two explosions in the Khan Yunis region of Gaza, in an area that contains training sites for Palestinian militants. It marks the first time the Israel Defense Forces has hit Gaza since the end of a 50-day war this summer.

The military says the airstrike early Saturday on what it called a "Hamas terror infrastructure site" in the southern Gaza Strip was in response to the rocket fired from Gaza. The rocket fire caused no injuries, police said.