ISRAEL HITS GAZA TARGETS AFTER ROCKETS SLAM INTO SDEROT TOWN
Israel's defense minister warned on Sunday that its military would "respond harshly" to any violence from the Gaza Strip, as its air force overnight bombed Hamas targets and its navy closed off a fishing zone.
The Israeli actions came in response to rockets and arson balloons from the Palestinian territory, which is governed by the militant Hamas movement, Ofira Koopmans and Saud Abu Ramadan wrote for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) on August 16, 2020. Israeli radio reported that arson balloons have caused 150 fires in southern Israel in the last 10 days.
"If it's not quiet in Sderot, it won't be quiet in Gaza," Defense Minister Benny Gantz said, according to a statement from his office, after a rocket landed near a house in the southern Israeli town of Sderot. One Israeli was injured by broken glass, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Two women were hurt while running for shelter.
Another rocket fired from Gaza was intercepted by the Iron Dome short-range missile defense system. Hamas security sources said that Israeli drones and warplanes fired several missiles at posts and facilities of the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, the Islamist movement in de facto control of the Gaza Strip since 2007. No injuries were reported but the airstrikes caused severe damage. The Hamas-run Health Ministry said Israeli soldiers shot and moderately wounded two Palestinians who joined overnight protests at the Gaza-Israel border fence.