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Israel launches new strikes on Hamas positions in Gaza

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Israeli army said Wednesday it had hit Hamas positions in response to fresh rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

The exchange of fire came hours after other rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards the Israeli city of Ashdod late Tuesday, prompting Israeli security to evacuate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the stage during an election speech he was delivering in the city.

“Three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel,” the army said in a statement.

He said sirens sounded in nearby Israeli communities. In response, “a tank shelled two Hamas military positions in the northern Gaza Strip.”

A security source in Gaza confirmed the strikes, while medics reported that “four citizens were slightly injured by the shelling were treated on the ground.”

The Israeli army shelled 15 positions it said belonged to Hamas in the north and central Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired at Ashdod.

The Likud leader is rallying votes for re-election on September 17.

Netanyahu announced on Tuesday his intention to annex the Jordan Valley, which represents about a third of the area of ​​the occupied West Bank if re-elected.

Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip have fought three wars since 2008.

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