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Israeli shelling of Hamas positions in response to a rocket fire from Gaza

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Israeli army said on Tuesday it had launched an air strike on Hamas targets in Gaza in response to a mortar attack from the territory.

Witnesses from the shelling site told AFP that an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft hit Hamas installations east of the Bureij refugee camp.

No injuries were reported.

“A mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory was identified shortly ago,” an Israeli army statement said.

“In response, an IDF aircraft targeted a Hamas military position in the northern Gaza Strip,” he said.

Israeli media said the shell landed in an open land without mentioning any injuries or damage.

Tension at the border raises fears of a further escalation ahead of Israel’s September 17 parliamentary election.

Israeli aircraft pounded Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday in response to rocket fire from the territory into Israel, which also imposed restrictions on the introduction of fuel into the territory, officials said.

The army announced that three rockets were fired Sunday evening from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel.

August saw rockets and infiltration attempts by armed Palestinians from the Gaza Strip towards Israel and Israeli forces returned fire, threatening the fragile truce agreement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking re-election in the next election, and his political opponents call on him to take tougher measures against Hamas.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.

Israel has imposed a blockade on the Strip for more than a decade.

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