Israel attacks Hamas targets in Gaza Israel

Israel says its troops attacked Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket attacks launched from the Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli air force struck two rocket-propelled grenade launchers, an army compound and “underground structures,” the Israeli Defense Forces said Sunday.

The rocket was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening, according to the military, shortly after the warning sirens sounded in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

The military statement did not provide further details, but emergency services said there were no reports of injuries and Israeli media said the projectile landed in the open.

A recent firefight in the Hamas-ruled Palestinian Palestinian enclave erupted after two rockets were fired from a coastal strip in neighboring Israel early Sunday.

There were no casualties in the attack. Israel attacked with fighter jets, helicopters and tanks, and the military said it was targeting Hamas.

No claim of responsibility for the November 15 rocket fire was made, but Israel regularly holds the Islamist group Hamas responsible for all attacks arising from its territory.

In August, Hamas announced that it had reached a Qatar-mediated deal with Israel to end the extra weeks of fire.

Hamas, considered a terrorist group by Israel, gained control of Gaza in 2007 from the rival Palestinian movement Fatah. Since then Hamas has fought three devastating wars with Israel in the coastal region, home to nearly two million Palestinians.

Israel has since maintained a fierce blockade on the Gaza Strip to isolate Hamas.