Israeli jets launch airstrikes against besieged Gaza Strip

TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (MNA) – The Israeli regime’s warplanes have launched fresh airstrikes against the besieged Gaza Strip, targeting several localities in the Palestinian enclave.

In a statement on Saturday, the Israeli military announced its fighter jets had struck at least three targets belonging to the Hamas resistance movement, including a military post, a factory that purportedly manufactures rockets, and an underground facility, Press TV reported.

According to the Hamas-affiliated Shehab news agency, the Israeli strikes hit the central part of the blockaded enclave.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from Gazan authorities.

The Israeli military claimed that the airstrikes were “carried out in response to rockets fired from the Gaza Strip" into the occupied territories a few hours earlier.

It added that the two rockets were purportedly intercepted and caused no casualties but triggered sirens in the southern city of Ashkelon and nearby communities, and sent settlers into shelters.

Gaza has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007.

Since 2008, Israel has waged three wars against Gaza, where two million Palestinians live under a 12-year Israeli blockade from air, sea, and land. Thousands of Gazans have been killed in each of these deadly wars.

The crippling blockade has caused a decline in the standard of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty in the Gaza Strip.


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