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Israel Defense Forces Hit Hamas Targets in Gaza Strip

© AFP 2023 / THOMAS COEXAn Israeli F-15 E fighter jet takes off during an air show.
An Israeli F-15 E fighter jet takes off during an air show. - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Sunday attacked the targets of the Hamas movement after an attempt to damage fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip and to arson an engineering vehicle, the IDF said in a statement.

"Yesterday, the security fence next to Israel & the Gaza Strip was damaged & there was an attempt to arson an engineering vehicle. In response, moments ago, the IAF targeted a terror objective in a military compound in Rafah, southern Gaza, belonging to Hamas, a terror organization," the statement said.

A Palestinian vehicle drives through a roundabout past a billboard bearing the portraits of Mohammed Abu Shamala (R) and Raed al-Attar (C), commanders of Hamas' armed wing al-Qassam Brigades, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on January 19, 2018 - Sputnik International
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The press service added that that the defense forces would respond to any attempts to make harm to Israel claiming that "Hamas is held responsible for all aggression coming from the Gaza Strip."

The relations between Israel and Palestine have been pretty tense through the years. Palestinians seek to create an independent state in the West Bank. The Gaza Strip, along with the Golan Heights, the West Bank and the Sinai Peninsula were seized by Israel as a result of the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War in 1967.

The Israeli side usually blames the Palestinian Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, for the attacks carried out from the territory of the Gaza Strip.

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