Israel announces response to a shell fired from Gaza

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Israeli army said Friday it had targeted a Hamas position in Gaza in response to a rocket fire from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel.

It was the third rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in three days, two weeks after clashes between Israel and Islamic Jihad.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since 2007.

“Earlier in the evening, a shell was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. In response, an Israeli fighter attacked a Hamas military position,” the Israeli army said in a statement.

On 12 November, the Israeli army targeted a leader of Islamic Jihad, an armed faction in the Palestinian sector, where some 2 million people live under an Israeli blockade.

The Islamic Jihad responded by firing some 450 shells within two days, but the Israeli defense system intercepted a large number of them, according to the Israeli army, which in turn targeted the movement’s positions in the Gaza Strip.

The clashes killed 36 Palestinians, and no Israelis were killed.

The fragile ceasefire returned on 14 November.

Since 2008, Israel has led three wars against Hamas and its allied factions in the Gaza Strip.

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