The Israeli Air Force struck Hamas targets in the northern and central Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday in response to rockets that were fired from the coastal enclave earlier that night, the IDF said in a statement.
The Israeli military said 15 targets were hit, including Hamas military infrastructure used for weapons manufacturing, several targets in a military compound belonging to Hamas’ naval force, and a terror tunnel.
The IDF noted that the airstrikes were carried out in retaliation for two rockets that were launched from the Strip toward the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod on Tuesday.
Palestinian sources said Tuesday night that Israel had carried out several airstrikes near the city of Deir al Balah in central Gaza, in addition to striking in the northern Strip.
Hamas officials, in a message to Israel through an Egyptian emissary, said the organization was not behind the rocket fire. However, the IDF issued a statement saying it “holds the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for what transpires in the Gaza Strip.”
Hamas announced that an Israeli drone flying over Gaza had been downed overnight Monday. The group had managed to access information regarding the unmanned aircraft mission, Hamas said. The IDF later confirmed the drone had fallen in Gaza.
On Saturday, the Israeli military said it carried out several airstrikes in Gaza, including on a Hamas naval base and two complexes of the organization's aerial command.
According to the IDF, the strikes were in response to a drone attack earlier on Saturday, in which a Gaza drone entered Israeli airspace and dropped explosives on a military vehicle by the border fence.
A few hours earlier on Saturday, an Israeli military aircraft fired at what it identified as the Gaza cell that launched the drone attack.
On Friday night, Israel struck several Hamas targets in Gaza after five rockets were launched from the Strip overnight Friday, targeting Hamas military positions near the Israeli border with aircraft and tank fire.