Israeli air raids and shells hit Gaza

Israeli air raids and shells hit Gaza
Israeli war planes launched another round on punitive air raids on Hamas targets in Gaza on Wednesday, after a rocket from the besieged territory hit the city of Sderot.
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05 October, 2016
Israeli tanks fired into Gaza, hitting a Hamas military post [Getty]

Israeli tanks and warplanes hit five Hamas buildings in Gaza after a rocket launched from the Palestinian enclave hit a nearby Israeli city, with no casualties reported on either side.

The majority of the sites belonged to the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas and no injuries or casualties were reported.

Diaa Kahlout, The New Arab's correspondent in Gaza, said: "Israeli warplanes bombed a marine police station with two missiles in northern Gaza.

"There were secondary air-strikes on a breeding farm, east of Gaza City, and land in the Jabal al-Rayes area.

"Israeli artillery also struck a border watchpost near Beit Hanoun."

The rocket, fired from the Gaza Strip, landed in a street in the southern town of Sderot, the Israeli military has said.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesperson for Hamas, condemned the attacks and called on the international community to curb "Israeli aggression". 

No one was wounded in Wednesday's attack but it marked a rare incident of rocket fire penetrating Israeli's aerial defense system.

Only a handful of projectiles have struck the previously battered town since the conclusion of a 50-day war between Israel and Gaza militants in the summer of 2014.

Sirens warning Sderot residents of the incoming rocket, which landed near a school.

Israel's military typically responds to any rocket fire with air raids in Gaza.

It holds the besieged territory's Hamas rulers responsible for all attacks emanating from the territory.

Since the 2014 war, a ceasefire has largely held, but militants in Gaza occasionally launch rockets toward Israel.

Translation: Marine police building targeted by occupation forces | Northwest Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip.