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Saturday, 22 January 2022 08:12 GMT

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after 'rocket attack'

(MENAFN- Gulf Times) Israel targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip by air and with tank fire yesterday after a rocket claimed to be fired from the Palestinian enclave crashed into the Israeli city of Sderot.
Police said the rocket hit 'between two buildings on a road” in Sderot, which is less than 4km (2.5 miles) from Gaza, causing no casualties. Army spokesman Peter Lerner said Israeli forces hit Hamas targets in northern Gaza.
'In response to the rocket attack from the Gaza Strip, the IAF (Israeli air force) and tanks targeted two Hamas posts in the northern Gaza Strip,” Lerner said in a statement.
Palestinian health and security sources said two people were lightly wounded by the Israeli fire.
'One of them is a 20-year-old (young man) who was hit by shrapnel in the face,” said Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the Palestinian health ministry in Hamas-controlled Gaza.
Security sources in the territory said several targets in northen Gaza were struck by Israeli fire, and that a reservoir in Beit Hanun was destroyed.
Witnesses said a base of Hamas";s military wing the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, in nearby Beit Lahya, was also hit.
Israeli media said it was the first time downtown Sderot had been hit by a rocket from Gaza since the last war with Palestinian militants in the territory in 2014.
On July 2, Israeli air raids hit four sites in Gaza after a rocket struck a building in Sderot.
There were no casualties in either incident.
Meanwhile, a senior United Nations official on Saturday expressed a deep concern about the deteriorating health of a Palestinian detainee on hunger strike for more than two months in protest of his detention after completing a 14.5-year prison sentence.
'I am deeply concerned about the deteriorating health of Bilal Kayed,” said Robert Piper, UN Co-ordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid in the occupied Palestinian territory, in a statement on Israel";s continued practice of administrative detention.

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