Israel launched airstrikes in Gaza on Thursday morning, after a bloody month in which 35 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in West Bank and Jerusalem.
“The IDF is currently striking in Gaza,” the Israel Defense Forces confirmed in a tweet around 3 am on Thursday morning. About 30 minutes later it shared some details about the targets of the raid, claiming that “IDF fighter jets struck a production site for raw chemical material production, along with a weapon manufacturing site belonging to the Hamas Terrorist Organization.”
There were no immediate reports of casualties, but video clips circulating on social media purportedly showed several explosions in central Gaza, one of the world’s most densely populated areas.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Israeli military claimed that it intercepted one rocket fired from the strip.
Bloomberg quoting security sources with Hamas, which controls Gaza, said, the strikes concentrated on facilities and bases belonging to the organization’s military wing known as al Qassam Brigades and were in apparent response to the firing of two rockets from the enclave, which Hamas controls, into southern Israel.
Several explosions were heard in the central Gaza Strip while residents of Gaza City could hear the buzz of fighter jets. Hamas militants fired anti-aircraft weapons at the Israeli jets, The news agency reported quoting eyewitnesses.
Last Thursday, Israeli forces raided the Jenin refugee camp in the northern part of the West Bank last, killing ten Palestinians, according to local reports quoting authorities.
Pertinently, the Palestinian Health Ministry on Monday said that 35 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in January 2023 in West Bank and Jerusalem.
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