Israeli Air Force Strikes Gaza Strip After Overnight Rocket Fire

   on April 28 2013 11:26 AM
Israeli Soldiers Near Gaza
Israeli soldiers stand near a mobile artillery unit as it fires a shell from its position outside the northern Gaza Strip. Reuters

Israel launched three air strikes on the Gaza Strip Sunday aimed at radical Palestinian group Islamic Jihad in response to overnight rocket fire. No casualties have been reported by witnesses, AFP reports.

Two strikes hit the southern town of Khan Yunis to attack the positions of Al-Quds Brigade, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad. The third landed near the southern town of Rafah near the Egyptian border, according to Palestinian witnesses.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the air force's strike but told AFP she could not give any further details.

“I want to make it clear that we will respond in a very offensive way against any rockets or missiles," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting, AFP reports. "We will take all necessary measures to ensure the security of Israelis ... on all fronts.” 

Israel had not carried out any raids on Gaza since early April, when it launched the first strikes since a November truce brokered by Egypt ended an eight-day conflict between the Jewish state and Hamas militants, which rule the territory, according to AFP.

 

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