Hamas targets six strategic Israeli military bases

Hamas targets six strategic Israeli military bases
Hamas said it has targeted six military bases across southern and central Israel.
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19 May, 2021
Hamas are a Gaza-based group [Getty]

Hamas targeted six military bases across Israel in rocket attacks on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the group's armed wing has claimed.

In a statement, Al-Qassam Brigades said it targeted the airbases in response to the Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, which has left over 200 Palestinians dead.

It said that the Hatzor, Hatzarim, Nevatim, Tel Nof, Palmachim and Ramon bases - all located in southern and central Israel - were the targets of the missiles.

The Hatzor base is a military airport that was built by British colonial forces in 1942. It is located near the coast on the Mediterranean Sea parallel to the occupied city of Jerusalem.

The Hatzerim base is located in the city of Beersheba and is one that is most used by the Israeli military for attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Nevatim, also called Air Force Base 28, is also located in Beersheba and has been used to store and launch F-35 aircrafts. US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin visited this base in April.

The Tel Nof base, located in the city of Rehovot, south of Tel Aviv.  The Palmachim base is a space and a military airport, located east of Tel Aviv.

Ramon airbase is known for being one of Israel's most strategically located airbase, lying on the southwestern side of the occupied city of Beersheba, and close to the border with Egypt.

The Israeli army's spokesperson Hidai Zilberman on Wednesday morning that there had been no indications of rockets hitting any of its airbases.

In one case, a projectile landed in an open field well outside the Tel Nof base near Rehovot, he said.

At least 221 Palestinians, including 63 children, have been killed since Israel began a military assault on Gaza on 10 May, according to the health ministry in the besieged enclave.