Israel struck some 15 Hamas targets in the northern and central Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday in response to rockets that were fired from the coastal enclave earlier that night, the Israeli military said.
The sites targeted in the airstrike include Hamas military infrastructure used for weapons manufacturing, several targets in a military compound of Hamas' naval force and a an attack tunnel intended to be used for terror attacks, the Israeli army said in a statement.
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The Israeli army noted that its strikes were carried out in retaliation for two rockets that were launched from the Strip toward the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod on Tuesday. The rockets were fired while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was addressing crowds at a campaign rally in Ashdod, and had to be taken off the stage mid-speech.
Netanyahu evacuated after Gaza rocket alert sirens ring out during a campaign event in Ashdod, September 10, 2019
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Prior to the Israeli strike in Gaza, Netanyahu held security consultations with senior defense establishment officials.
This is the latest escalation in developing tensions on Israel's border with both Gaza and Lebanon, as the country enters the final week of its redux election campaign.
Palestinian sources said Tuesday night that Israel had carried out several airstrikes near the city of Deir al Balah in central Gaza, in addition to striking in the northern Strip.
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Hamas' military wing reported that an Israeli drone had been downed in the night between Monday and Tuesday in the coastal enclave. The movement had managed to access information regarding the unmanned aircraft mission, Hamas said. The IDF later confirmed the drone had fallen in Gaza.
– PM Netanyahu leaves a campaign event after rocket alert sirens ring out, Ashdod, September 10, 2019