Israel strikes six Hamas military targets in Gaza

Casey Dawson
February 18, 2018

In response, the IDF used a tank to target an observation post in the area.

Earlier in the night one rocket fired from Gaza hit a house in the community of Sha'ar Hanegev, causing significant damage but no injuries.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter jets targeted a total of six military targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, in response to the detonation of an explosive device on the border fence in southern Gaza.

The Israeli army blamed the incident on the Palestinian resistance group, Hamas and accused the group of staging "fake" demonstrations to cover their operations, which involved planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Israel blames Hamas for any attack emanating from the enclave it controls.

An army spokesman declined to say if there were casualties on the Israeli side.

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Later, IDF and Gaza officials reported a series of Israeli airstrikes against terror training sites and tunnels.

Israeli artillery bombed, with missiles, a location to the east of Khan Younes, in the southern Gaza Strip, according to local sources.

These warnings echoed Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar's words that ordered his Islamist militant group to be put on high alert, stating a "95 percent probability" that war with Israel is likely to erupt within the coming days.

The border incident is the most severe since Israel launched a devastating war against Gaza in 2014.

The IDF holds Hamas responsible for all that is happening in the Gaza Strip and is determined to ensure security to the people of Israel using all the means it has, stated the IDF spokesperson. Reports indicate that two protesters were shot and injured while several others were teargassed to disperse the protest.

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