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Israel Launches “Wide Variety Of Airstrikes” On Hamas After Rocket Attack

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Israel Launches “Wide Variety Of Airstrikes” On Hamas After Rocket Attack

Above: Israel bombs Hamas targets throughout Gaza, Sunday.

Excerpted from The Jerusalem Post: The IDF late Sunday night launched a wide series of air strikes against Hamas targets in an apparent turning up of the heat for a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip Sunday afternoon, which had exploded in the southern Israeli community of Sderot between two homes near the local train station.

Earlier Sunday, the IDF took a limited counterstrike, hitting only two Hamas targets in the northern Gaza Strip – one with air power and one additional terror infrastructure site by tank fire.

At that earlier point, the army said only that it will “continue to act with determination at all times to guard the security of the citizens of the State of Israel,” and it seemed that was the end of the altercation.

The IDF would not identify its early Sunday targets other than that they were connected to Hamas. However, Palestinian reports indicated that the Israeli airstrike hit a Hamas lookout point and that an Israeli tank shell damaged a Beit Hanoun water tower.

There were contrary reports about whether Gazans were injured in the IDF’s counterstrikes and how many were injured.

Despite targeting Hamas, the IDF also refused to identify who was responsible for firing the rockets, but Palestinian reports initially indicated that it was the Abu Alu Mustafa Brigades, the military arm of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Keep reading