Israel strikes Hamas again after new Gaza rocket fire

Israel strikes Hamas again after new Gaza rocket fire
Israel struck the besieged Gaza Strip for a second time in one day late on Thursday.
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20 December, 2019
Israel struck Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip in November [AFP/Getty]
Israel's air force targeted Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas for a second time in 24 hours late on Thursday after renewed fire from the Palestinian enclave, the army said.

A projectile was fired from Gaza towards Israel on Thursday evening, following one late the previous day, the army said.

"In response, a short while ago, (Israeli) aircraft targeted an underground infrastructure and a naval target of the Hamas terror organisation in the southern Gaza Strip as well as a military compound" in northern Gaza, the army said in a statement late Thursday.

A Palestinian security source in Gaza confirmed that at least three Hamas sites were hit, causing damage.

No injuries were immediately reported by either side.

Israel holds Hamas, which controls the besieged Gaza Strip, responsible for any rockets fired from the strip towards communities along the border, even if launched by smaller groups.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.

Following the rocket fire overnight Wednesday, Israeli authorities announced a punitive reduction in the fishing zone off Gaza to 10 nautical miles.

Israel constantly adjusts the fishing zone according to the level of tension around Gaza, sometimes allowing boats to fish up to 15 nautical miles offshore and at others restricting them to just six or banning fishing altogether.

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On Tuesday a young Palestinian from Khan Younis, Abdullah Abu Naser,  was killed in a targeted airstrike as he approached the Israeli border fence in Gaza.

No body has been retrieved from the no-go area adjacent to the frontier. Nasser's father has called on human rights organisations to aid him in the search for his son's body.

Israeli forces last month assassinated a senior commander in Islamic Jihad, the militant group which is vying with Hamas for control of the strip. The two-day flare up resulted in the deaths of at least 34 Palestinians.

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