Israel strikes Hamas bases in Gaza after rocket: officials

A Palestinian man removes broken glass from his window following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Tuesday. (AFP / MOHAMMED ABED)
Updated 27 June 2017
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Israel strikes Hamas bases in Gaza after rocket: officials

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israeli airstrikes hit a series of targets in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip overnight Monday, officials said, hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave landed in the Jewish state.
Strikes were recorded in at least three locations in Gaza, Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses said, with Hamas bases struck near the southern city of Rafah and Gaza City, as well as open land southeast of Gaza City.
The Palestinian health ministry said there were no immediate reports of injuries, but an AFP photographer in Gaza saw at least one man bleeding being taken for treatment from a house near the base.
The Israeli army said the strikes were in “response to projectile fire that hit near the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.”
“Two (Israeli) aircrafts targeted two military infrastructures belong to the Hamas terrorist organization,” it added.
That rocket, fired a few hours earlier, landed in an open area close to Israeli border communities without causing any injuries.
The rocket was claimed by a previously unheard of Salafist group.
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.
Since the last one in 2014, a fragile cease-fire has been observed along the largely closed border.
Missiles and rockets are periodically fired at Israel, generally by hard-line Islamist groups opposed to Hamas.
But Israel holds Hamas responsible for all rocket fire from Gaza regardless of who carried it out.


Report: Daesh leader killed in Egypt’s Sinai

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Report: Daesh leader killed in Egypt’s Sinai

CAIRO: Daesh says one of the leaders of its affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has been killed.
The militant group’s Aamaq news agency issued an announcement late on Sunday about the death of Abu Jaafar Al-Maqdesi, calling him a martyr.
A photo of a young bearded man accompanied the report. Daesh says he was killed earlier this month, but did not disclose where or under what circumstances.
Egypt has been battling militants for years but the Sinai-based insurgency gained strength after the 2013 overthrow of the country’s elected but divisive Islamist president, Muhammad Mursi.
In February, Egypt launched a massive operation against militants in Sinai as well as parts of the Nile Delta region and the Western Desert, along the porous border with Libya.