Israeli Defense Forces struck militant bases in the Gaza Strip Tuesday following a mortar attack on Israeli citizens earlier in the day; raising new fears of a regional conflict between the Jewish State and Iranian-backed fighters operating in the area.
According to Yahoo News, Netanyahu ordered the strike after a “barrage” of at least 28 mortar shells were fired towards Israel.
Israeli officials confirmed the mortars were intercepted by air defense systems and no injuries were reported.
“Israel takes a grave view of the attacks on it and its communities by Hamas and Islamic Jihad from the Gaza Strip,” Netanyahu said. “The [Israeli Defense Forces] will respond to these attacks powerfully.”
Within minutes of the statement’s release, the IDF destroyed at least one militant base operated by Hamas and four bases controlled by Islamic Jihad, a similar terror organization in Gaza.
“The Israeli occupation bears full responsibility for any upcoming escalation,” said a spokesperson for Hamas.
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