Gunfire from Gaza hits Israeli home, no casualties

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Israeli soldiers dug behind concrete shields in the southern Israeli community of Netiv Asara, May 12, 2021.
Gili Yaari/Flash90Israeli soldiers dug behind concrete shields in the southern Israeli community of Netiv Asara, May 12, 2021.

Incident comes hours after Israel conducted retaliatory strikes against targets in Gaza

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Saturday targeted the Israel border community of Netiv HaAsara with machine-gun fire, hitting the wall of one residential home. 

No one was hurt in the incident. 

The attack came hours after Israeli warplanes hit military sites of Hamas in retaliation for rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave run by the Islamist group.

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In the hours following the strikes, Hamas fighters in a show of defiance raised the group's flag over an observation tower damaged by Israeli fire. The tower is visible from Netiv HaAsara. 

"A short while ago, in response to the rocket attack, (Israeli military) aircraft struck a number of Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip," the Israeli army said in a statement.

The strikes came after Hamas "launched a rocket... toward Israeli civilians in southern Israel", it said, adding the projectile was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile shield.

Israeli "aircraft targeted a weapons manufacturing site located inside a Hamas military post and an additional three military posts belonging to Hamas," the statement added.

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