Israeli warplanes attack Gaza after rocket attack – SABC News

Israel carried out pre-dawn airstrikes in the central Gaza Strip on Thursday after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territories landed in Israel, Hamas officials and Israeli military sources said.

Two training camps are used by Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the blocked enclave, and no casualties have been reported, witnesses said.

Israeli warplanes hit a security post and part of an underground facility used to manufacture rocket engines, the Israeli military said in a statement.

Earlier, a rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel, causing minor damage to a house but no injuries, police said.

No faction claimed responsibility for the second such attack in days.

A surge in violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories has sparked fears that a major conflict could flare up again.

Since March, Israeli forces have killed at least 29 Palestinians in raids in the West Bank and a series of deadly Arab street attacks have killed 14 people in Israel.

In a statement, Hamas said Israel’s bombing will only embolden the Palestinians “to resist the occupation and increase their support for Jerusalem and its people.”

Confrontations in Jerusalem’s Old City – particularly at the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Jews as the Temple Mount – risk a relapse into a larger conflagration like last year’s 11-day Israel-Gaza War, which involved more than 250 people Palestinians in Gaza took part and 13 people in Israel were killed.

Tensions this year have been exacerbated in part by the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which coincides with the Jewish holiday of Passover. As we allow more Jewish worshipers into the sacred grounds,

Palestinians say Israel is violating a centuries-old policy that allows non-Muslims to visit but not to pray. Israeli leaders have said they will ensure religious freedom for all religions in Jerusalem.

Al-Aqsa is the third holiest site in Islam and is also revered by Jews as the site of two ancient temples.

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem, including its Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy sites, as the capital of a future state.

Israel, which annexed East Jerusalem in a move that went unrecognized internationally after seizing the area in a 1967 war, regards all of Jerusalem as its eternal capital

Israeli warplanes attack Gaza after rocket attack – SABC News

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