The Israeli Air Force struck several Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday, claiming the action was in response to a rocket launched from the enclave into Israel, according to a statement issued by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).
The strike came after sirens sounded in the city of Ashkelon and the regional council of Hof Ashkelon in Southern Israel.
“One launch was identified from the Gaza Strip towards Israel and was intercepted by the IDF’s Iron Dome aerial defence system.
“In response, IDF fighter jets and an attack helicopter targeted a number of Hamas terror targets within the organisation’s military camp in the Northern Gaza Strip,’’ the army added.
There were no initial reports of injuries in either Gaza or Israel.
This was the second Israeli strike in Gaza within 24 hours.
On Sunday, Israeli helicopters targeted two Hamas military posts after an explosive device attached to multiple balloons was launched on a model aeroplane from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.
Incendiary objects attached to balloons and kites have repeatedly caused large-scale fires on Israeli land close to the border since Gazan militants began using this tactic in March.
The volatile situation between Gaza and Israel has been relatively quiet since an escalation in violence in November which was ended by an Egyptian-brokered truce.
The Israeli army says it holds “the Hamas terror organisation accountable for all that happens in the Gaza Strip and from it.’’
The ruling Hamas party in the strip is classified by the European Union, Israel and the United States as a terrorist organisation.