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IDF strikes Hamas facility following rocket attack from Gaza

Smoke and flames rise after an Israeli airstrike in a site of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in the northern Gaza Strip, on June 18, 2021. Photo by Atia Mohammed/Flash90

Israeli fighter planes struck an underground complex belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization early Monday morning which contained materials for manufacturing rockets.

The IDF operation came in response to a rocket attack Saturday evening. 

Shortly after the attack, four anti-aircraft missiles were launched towards the Israeli jets. Three of them exploded in the air and the fourth landed in an open field. 

The anti-aircraft missiles triggered air raid sirens in the area.

Shortly after the launch of the anti-aircraft missiles, IDF tanks targeted another Hamas facility.  

"This attack is a blow to Hamas's ability to strengthen and arm itself," an IDF spokesperson said. 

The IDF also noted it that “holds the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for all terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip and it will face the consequences of the security violations against Israel.” 

Despite the operation, the IDF said normal activities would resume in the area, indicating it was not expecting any further hostilities. 

The IDF operation came after several days of air raid sirens alerting Israeli communities surrounding Gaza, often due to heavy machine gun fire.

There have also been several attacks in the Jerusalem area during the last two weeks. 

There have been high tensions across the Jewish state over the last year, with Israel's security agency reporting that 2022 was among the most deadly for Israelis and Palestinians since the Second Intifada some 20 years ago.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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