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Israel hits Hamas positions after Gaza rocket

AFP , Wednesday 6 May 2020
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FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises after an Israeli aircraft bombed a multi-storey building in Gaza City August 9, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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The Israeli occupation army attacked military positions of the Islamist Hamas movement early Wednesday after militants in the Palestinian enclave fired a rocket at the Jewish state, the army said.

"A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory," the occupation army said in a statement. "In response, an (army) tank targeted three Hamas military posts in the northern Gaza Strip."

A security source in Gaza confirmed three positions had been damaged, but reported no casualties.

The Gaza rocket hit an open field near the border, with no immediate reports of casualties or damage, a military spokeswoman said.

Wednesday's rocket was the first since March 27, and came as Israel was lifting restrictions imposed during the coronavirus outbreak.

It also followed strikes on Iranian-backed militias and their allies in Syria that killed 14 fighters and are presumed to have been carried out by Israel.

No Gaza group took responsibility for the Wednesday rocket fire.

Separately on Wednesday morning, Hamas's military wing announced the death of a militant killed when a tunnel he was working in collapsed in Gaza the previous day.

*This story has been edited by Ahram Online

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