In response to earlier barrages of rockets

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and Syria, targeting PIJ militants

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and Syria, targeting PIJ militants

Israeli airstrike on Gaza Strip

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Gaza Post

 

Israeli occupation forces announced yesterday that its warplanes carried out on Sunday night air strikes against Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement sites in Syria and the Gaza Strip, in response to earlier barrages of rockets firing into southern Israel.

 

Earlier Sunday, more than 20 rockets and mortars were launched from Gaza towards Israel, setting off warning sirens in the southern city of Ashqelon and several other locations, the army said.

 

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the rockets, calling them a response to the killing of one its fighters along the Gaza border early Sunday, and added that two of its fighters were killed in the strikes on Damascus, while Syrian government said that its air defences shot down "enemy missiles".

 

"A hit was identified," a statement said, with health officials in Gaza saying four people were wounded in the strikes.

 

A video later emerged on social media showing a bulldozer approaching a body while a group of young, apparently unarmed men, were trying to retrieve it.

 

There were no reports of serious injuries from Sunday’s Islamic Jihad rocket attacks into Israel.

 

In November 2019, the PIJ declared it would go to war, launching over 350 rockets into Israel, after Israel assassinated the group’s military commander in Gaza, Baha Abu Al Ata. The Israeli response killed 23 Palestinians, including PIJ field commander Khaled Moawad Faraj.

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