Jerusalem and Gaza
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) conducted strikes on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking several Hamas assets, it said in a statement Tuesday.
An earlier IDF statement said four rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel; one was intercepted by the IDF Aerial Defense Array while the rest fell in open areas.
In response, Israeli fighter jets struck a military post, a weapon storage, weapon manufacturing sites, and a training facility belonging to Hamas – the militant group that runs Gaza – along with a cement manufacturing site used by the group to maintain its infrastructure, the IDF said.
“The strike was carried out in response to the rocket launches from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory earlier today, this strike significantly harms the capabilities and prevents further weapon acquisition capabilities of the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said.
It added that the Israeli military would hold Hamas responsible for “all terror activities emanating from the Gaza Strip and it will face the consequences of the security.”
Hamas political bureau leader Ismail Haniyeh has been in touch with Egypt and Qatar about the strikes, according to a Hamas statement early Wednesday morning.
“Haniyeh holds the occupation responsible for the consequences of continuing this brutal aggression,” the statement read.