Israel is targeting a civil administration building, sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups and an agricultural field, sources said.
Israeli warplanes have launched a series of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip for the second time since a shaky ceasefire ended last month’s 11-day war.
Palestinian sources on the ground said Israeli missiles hit several sites belonging to armed groups northwest of Gaza City and north of Beit Lahia in the besieged territory on Thursday. A civil administration building east of Jabaliya in the north was also targeted, in addition to an agricultural field east of the southern town of Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
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Translation: At the time the civil administration construction site was targeted east of Jabaliya, north of Gaza
Following the airstrikes, Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman for Hamas, the group that leads the Strip, said in a statement that “the bombardment by the occupation of resistance sites is a demonstration spectacle of the new Israeli government”, referring In the administration that was approved on Sunday by the Israeli parliament, right-wing nationalist Naftali Bennett was sworn in as prime minister.
“The resistance will be on the lookout to defend our people, our people and our holy places,” the statement added.
Hamas-owned Al Aqsa TV station reported that an Israeli drone was shot down west of Gaza City.
Israeli media reported that the military attacked Hamas targets inside the Gaza Strip in response to the continued launching of incendiary balloons by militants into the territory.
In a statement, the military said it would “continue to destroy Hamas’ military capabilities and structures and hold it accountable for what is happening in the Gaza Strip.”
Israel also carried out airstrikes on Wednesday, targeting what are said to be Hamas installations.
At least 257 Palestinians, including 66 children, were killed in the 11-day bombing of the Gaza Strip last month. On the Israeli side, 13 people, including two children, were killed by rockets fired from Gaza.