Gaza Strip targeted by airstrikes after rocket hits southern Israel

Israeli planes carried out a series of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday afternoon, according to Hamas security officials, after a rocket from the area struck southern Israel.

The officials said one of the extremist group's training posts in the southern Gazan city of Khan Younis was targeted, as well as another military post in the central Gaza Strip. Israeli tanks also fired shells at the area in northern Gaza where the rocket had originated.

Neither side has reported injuries. The Israeli military would not confirm the attacks.

The strikes came after a rocket from Gaza landed in the southern Israeli city of Sderot earlier Wednesday. The rocket struck a road in a residential area of the city that's less than 5 kilometres from the Gaza border, according to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

After a rocket hit Sderot in August, injuring none, the Israeli military carried out airstrikes against targets in Gaza in response. The Hamas movement, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007, is considered a terrorist organization by the European Union.

Last update: Wed, 05/10/2016 - 16:23

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