Israeli jets strike targets in Gaza after rockets fired

2021-01-18 09:05:15 GMT2021-01-18 17:05:15(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

JERUSALEM, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli military said on Monday that its war jets struck sites in the Gaza Strip after two rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave.

An Israeli military spokesperson said in a statement that the jets struck military targets belonging to Hamas, an Islamist Palestinian movement that rules Gaza, including tunnel digging sites.

The two rockets fired earlier from the Gaza Strip fell in the sea before reaching Israel, according to the Israeli military.

There were no reports of injuries on both sides.

It was not immediately clear which group in Gaza fired the rockets but the spokesperson said Israel considers Hamas "responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it."

Hamas "will bear the consequences for terror activity against Israeli civilians," the Israeli statement warned.

The army said it is "ready to continue operating as necessary against attempts to harm Israeli civilians or sovereignty."

Sporadic rocket and gunshot attacks from Gaza have decreased over the past months amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Gaza and Israel.

Hamas says Israel violates its truce obligations to ease a crippling blockade imposed on Gaza since 2007. Enditem