Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza over rocket: army

At least 253 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March 2018. (File/Reuters)
Updated 10 March 2019
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Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza over rocket: army

  • The attacks were in response to a rocket fired from Gaza late Saturday, the army said
  • The rocket hit an open field in Israel’s Eshkol region, causing no casualties or damages

JERUSALEM: Israeli aircraft struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Sunday after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave hit the Jewish state, the army said.
“Fighter jets and aircraft struck several military targets in a Hamas compound in the northern Gaza Strip in addition to two Hamas vessels,” a statement from the army said.
The attacks were in response to a rocket fired from Gaza late Saturday that “in addition to the continued violence emanating from the Gaza Strip,” the army said.
The rocket hit an open field in Israel’s Eshkol region, causing no casualties or damages.
Gazans have been launching balloons carrying explosive devices at Israel and stepping up attempts to damage the border fence on a daily basis for more than 10 day, prompting Israeli retaliation.
Israeli forces said Saturday they had launched several strikes against Hamas sites in Gaza in response to a projectile launched from the coastal enclave the night before.
At least 253 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March 2018, the majority shot during weekly border protests and others hit by tank fire or air strikes in response to violence from Gaza.
Two Israeli soldiers have been killed over the same period.
Israel and Hamas, which has controlled the blockaded Gaza Strip for over a decade, have fought three wars since 2008.


Khamenei appoints new chief commander for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps - state TV

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Khamenei appoints new chief commander for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps - state TV

  • President Donald Trump on April 8 designated the Guards a terrorist organization
  • Channel announced appointment of Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami to the position

DUBAI: Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has replaced the chief commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, state TV reported on Sunday, days after the United States designated the group a foreign terrorist organization.
The TV station did not give a reason for the change when it announced the appointment of Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami to the position.
“The Supreme Leader has appointed Salami as the new commander-in-chief of the Guards, who will replace Mohammad Ali Jafari,” it said. Jafari had held the post since September 2007.
President Donald Trump on April 8 designated the Guards a terrorist organization, in an unprecedented step that drew Iranian condemnation and raised concerns about retaliatory attacks on US forces. The designation took effect on April 15.
The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is in charge of Iran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs. Tehran has warned that it has missiles with a range of up to 2,000 km (1,242 miles), putting Israel and US military bases in the region within reach.