Israel has bombed six positions of the radical Islamist Palestinian Hamas movement in Gaza after a border explosion wounded four Israeli soldiers, two of them seriously, according to sources.
Israeli F-16 fighters overflew the Gaza Strip and “fired missiles at military positions, training sites and tunnels in eastern Gaza,” no mentioning whether there were any casualties.
The Israeli army intelligence office confirmed that “Israeli Air Force planes attacked specific military targets of the Hamas terrorist organisation.”
The army also claims to have detected a rocket launch from Gaza this afternoon, which triggered anti-aircraft alarms in the Israeli region of Shaar HaNegev.
Israel’s attacks were the response to an explosion that left four soldiers wounded following a routine patrol on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.
“Today’s incident on the Gaza border is serious. We will respond accordingly, “promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The blast came amid warnings of an escalating tension in Gaza, where economic and humanitarian conditions have deteriorated, which could lead to a new armed conflict between Israel and Hamas, which still controls the territory.
Israel and Hamas have maintained a ceasefire since 2014, but this has been marked by targeted attacks from Gaza, to which Israel responds by retaliating against targets.
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.