Israel carried out strikes early Tuesday in the Gaza Strip after a rocket was fired from the Palestinian enclave into Israel.
The Israeli military in a statement said that it bombed a number of targets, including a site used by Hamas to manufacture weapons.
“The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) considers Hamas responsible for what unfolds in the Gaza Strip,” the army said.
Meanwhile, Hamas-affiliated media reported that the Israeli airstrikes targeted a site operated by Palestinian factions west of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Ma’an news agency said Israeli jets fired three missiles at the al-Qadisiyah district, but said the aircraft had to leave after being confronted by anti-air defenses of the Hamas movement.
“Our air defenses confronted the occupation’s aircraft with surface-to-air missiles at exactly 01:35 this morning,” Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the resistance movement, said in a statement.
Moreover, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said that “the Zionist bombing of some empty sites is a failed attempt to prevent our Palestinian people from defending the city of Jerusalem.
“Congratulations to the men of the resistance who confronted the fighter jets with our anti-aircraft defense,” Qassem added, saying it had been the first time that Hamas had used the surface-to-air missile.
The pro-Hezbollah television network al-Mayadeen said Hamas used a SA-7 shoulder-fired missile, also known as a Strella.
The IDF later confirmed Hamas fired an anti-aircraft missile at the Israeli aircraft, but said it did not damage the aircraft.
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