Israel’s military carried out a series of airstrikes against Hamas targets in northern Gaza on Wednesday in retaliation against “heavy gunfire” from the territory.
Four Hamas military facilities were hit by missiles, according to an Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) spokesperson.
A further three targets, reportedly weapons manufacturing sites, were also struck in the operation.
Israel said it was responding to heavy machine-gun fire from positions in northern Gaza that reportedly hit six homes in Sderot, an Israeli town located less than half a kilometre from the Gaza border.
Footage from Gaza shows one significant blast hit a densely populated residential neigbourhood.
Israel says that the numerous shooting incidents demanded a aggressive military response.
They said: “Hamas is solely responsible for the events transpiring in and out of Gaza, and is accountable for all terrorist activity emanating from Gaza targeting Israeli civilians and Israeli sovereignty,” the IDF said. “The IDF is prepared to continue fulfilling its mission to ensure Israeli civilians’ security and sense of security.”
Israeli Defence Forces on the Israeli-Palestine border have been on high alert after massive protests claimed the lives of at least 60 people and resulted in over 2,000 injuries.
Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank and Hamas-controlled Gaza gathered at the heavily fortified Israel border, in response to the so-called ‘Great March of Return’.
The death toll was the largest loss of life in the Israeli-Palestine conflict since 2014.
The clashes drew widespread diplomatic condemnation, including from the United Nations Human Rights Council, who claimed Israel had used excessive force to quell the violent demonstrations.
Hamas has admitted many of the dead were members of its organisation but claim the IDF shot and killed unarmed civilians.
Earlier, protests bitterly opposed the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, a symbolic move given the green light US president Donald Trump.
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