Israel carries out airstrikes in Gaza

Israel carries out airstrikes in Gaza

Israel carries out airstrikes in Gaza

Nearly blind and quadriplegic, Yassin was blamed by Israel for a series of suicide bombings and rocket attacks on Israeli targets.

Israeli aircraft struck three facilities belonging to Hamas, the terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip, before dawn on Thursday after the latest rocket attacks, Israel's military said.

Locals told Ma'an that the airstrikes targeted at least five sites across the coastal enclave.

ATTENTION/GRAPHIC'CONTENT: Palestinians mourn and shout slogans as they carry the body of one of two Islamic Jihad militants, during a funral procession following an Israeli strike in Beit Lahia, Northern Gaza Strip, 12 December 2017.Wissam Nassar.

The IDF said that "due to the security events and in accordance with security assessments, the Kerem Shalom crossing - the main passage point for goods entering the Gaza Strip - and the Erez pedestrian crossing would be shut as of Thursday".

Speaking from the southern city of Sderot, Liberman said the rocket fire was the result of internal Palestinian political spats and not an indication that terrorist groups were no longer afraid of Israel.

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In response, the army said it had targeted what it described as three military facilities in Gaza used as training and weapons storage sites by Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza which the U.S. and Europe Union consider a terrorist organization.

In 2004, Israel killed Yassin with a missile strike near his home in Gaza.

Wednesday was the sixth day in a row in which rocket attacks were fired by Gaza terrorists at southern Israel. Four Gazans have been killed, two in clashes along the border and two Hamas militants in an Israeli airstrike.

The Israeli military announced on Wednesday that two Israeli border crossings with the Gaza Strip will be closed on Thursday over security concerns, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

The more than a dozen rocket attacks followed calls by Hamas for a new intifada in response to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week, as well as increased IDF efforts to find and destroy tunnels from the Gaza Strip that enter Israeli territory, and amid ongoing reconciliation negotiations between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

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