Israeli tanks fire at northern Gaza in response to rocket attack

Huang Panyue

GAZA, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian sources said that Israeli military tanks fired towards norther Gaza Strip Saturday in response to rocket launching into southern Israel.

The Israeli public radio reported that tank shelling targeted a Hamas military facility in the area, after a rocket was launched earlier on Saturday from Gaza into Israel. No injuries were reported. And none claimed responsibility for the rocket firing.

On March 15, Israeli war jets launched two airstrikes n militant facilities in Gaza in response to a rocket attack, no injuries reported.

Prior to that, Israeli army had struck Hamas sites in Gaza after claiming rockets were launched into southern Israel.

Last February, a Hamas military spokesperson warned Israel that Hamas militants would fire back to any Israeli military escalation on the Gaza Strip.

In 2014, Egypt brokered a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel ending around two months of fighting between the two sides. Israeli large scale offensive killed over 2,200 Palestinians and wounded around 11,000 others.

In the West Bank city of Hebron, a teenage Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli soldiers late Friday night, hours after sustaining a bullet in the chest.

Palestinian Medical sources said that the teenager died after a military force raided Al-Aroub refugee camp near the city. The raid left another young man seriously injured.

A wave of tensions between Palestinians and Israelis has been ongoing since October 2015, leading to the death of over 350 Palestinians and one Jordanian in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and over 40 Israelis.



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