Israel strikes Hamas positions in retaliation for rocket launch

The Israel Defense Forces said it attacked two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired at Israeli territory.

“In response to a missile launch from the Gaza Strip some time ago, IDF tanks attacked two military posts belonging to the terrorist organization Hamas in the north of the Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

Reuters sources at the headquarters of the Palestinian group claim that the rocket was launched into southern Israel “due to a technical error.” According to the Israeli side, the rocket fell in an open area, no one was injured.

The incident occurred less than a day after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire was reached, ending Israel’s five-day Shield and Arrow operation against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (an organization designated as a terrorist organization banned in Russia) in the Gaza Strip.

Today, May 14, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the operation, announcing the destruction of the leadership of the terrorist group. According to the prime minister, during the operation, 17 jihadist headquarters were destroyed and dozens of terrorists were eliminated. Israel hit missile depots, disrupted anti-tank crews and “much more,” he said.

On May 2, militants from Gaza fired several rocket salvos into southern Israel, and the Israeli military responded with airstrikes. The militants fired rockets after the death of one of the leaders of the “Islamic Jihad” Hader Adnan, who died after 86 days of hunger strike in an Israeli prison. He was accused of terrorism. After that, Israeli aircraft launched a series of strikes on Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip. On May 9, the day Operation Shield and Arrow began, Russian citizen Jamal Abu Haswan was killed in the Gaza Strip.

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