Israel hits Gaza ‘military site’ after rocket fire

July 17, 2022 12:00 am | Updated 05:41 am IST - Jerusalem

Attack came hours after Biden’s visit

Israeli warplanes struck a weapons manufacturing facility in the Gaza Strip early on Saturday, the military said, after rocket fire against Israeli territory. The exchange of fire came hours after U.S. President Joe Biden visited Israel and the occupied West Bank.

“A short while ago, IDF fighter jets struck a military site in the central Gaza Strip belonging to the Hamas terrorist organisation,” a statement from the Israel Defence Forces said.

“The military site consists of an underground complex containing raw materials used for the manufacturing of rockets,” it said, describing the facility as “one of the most significant” of its kind in the territory.

“The strike on this site will significantly impede and undermine Hamas’ force-building capabilities,” it said, adding that Israel was responding to “attacks from the Gaza Strip”.

During the night there had been two separate launches, each of two rockets, towards Israeli territory, the military said, adding one of the rockets had been intercepted while the other three fell on empty land.

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