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Israel bombs Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire

2019-09-11T05:13:28.287Z

The projectiles were launched from the Palestinian enclave shortly after Benyamin Netanyahu announced his intention to annex a section of the West Bank.


Israeli forces bombed positions of the Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip following rocket fire into Israel from the Palestinian enclave, the Israeli military announced in the morning of Wednesday (September 11th). .

"Fighter planes hit 15 terrorist targets in the north and central Gaza Strip, including an arms manufacturing plant, naval military targets and a Hamas attack tunnel , " a statement said. of the army, which specifies that it "will continue (...) to hold Hamas responsible for everything that comes" from the Palestinian enclave.

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Sirens announcing imminent rocket fire had sounded Tuesday night in Ashdod, southern Israel, while Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, campaigning for the legislative of September 17, held a rally. Both projectiles were intercepted by the "Iron Dome" missile shield.

Three wars since 2008

Mr. Netanyahu's evacuation took place less than three hours after he promised the annexation of a strategic section of the West Bank if he was re-elected, provoking outrage from the Palestinians. A video posted on Whataspp by his party, Likud (right), showed him coming back to the scene to continue talking after the end of the alert, saying that Hamas, in power in Gaza, was afraid of his victory. in the ballot on 17 September.

In August, a series of Gaza rocket attacks followed by Israeli retaliation, as well as clashes on the border, raised fears of an escalation between Hamas and the Jewish state as the legislative elections drew near. Israel and the Palestinian movement have fought three wars in the enclave since 2008.

Source: lemonde

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