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Israeli jet strikes Hamas position in retaliation for rocket fire

Smoke billows in Gaza City on November 30, 2017, after Israeli military strikes in Gaza in retaliation to mortar rounds fired from the Palestinian enclave
MAHMUD HAMS (AFP)

Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas position in the northern Gaza Strip early on Friday in retaliation to earlier rocket fire at southern Israel, the Israeli military said.

Hours earlier an Israel Defense Force (IDF) spokesperson said that rocket was fired at Israel from the Hamas-controlled enclave, however Israeli media reported that no signs on impact were located.

No warning sirens were activated, likely because the rocket was launched towards an uninhabited area.

"In response to the projectile fired at southern Israel, a short while ago, an aircraft targeted a Hamas observation post in the southern Gaza Strip," a military statement said.

Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired at least 20 rockets or mortar rounds at Israel since US President Donald Trump's controversial December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the country's capital, at least six of which have been intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.

The projectiles are often fired by fringe radical Islamist groups, but Israel holds Gaza's militant rulers Hamas responsible for any attacks from the territory and retaliates by targeting Hamas positions.

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