Israeli warplanes bombed the Gaza Strip overnight Friday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed an ‘aggressive response’ to rockets fired from Lebanon on Thursday.
‘We will strike our enemies and they will pay a price for every act of aggression,’ he said in a statement this evening.
Hamas media confirmed airstrikes had been carried out in the blockaded coastal enclave. At least two loud explosions could be heard in Gaza.
The attacks followed reports Thursday that Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defence system had intercepted 25 of 34 missiles fired from Lebanon into Israel and attributed by the Israeli security forces to Palestinian militants.
Violence has escalated since Israeli police were seen to attack Palestinians inside Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site for the second night in a row this week.
Israeli spokesperson Richard Hecht blamed Thursday’s rocket attacks on Palestinian groups, saying ‘we know for sure it’s Palestinian fire. It could be Hamas, it could be Islamic Jihad, we are still trying to finalise but it wasn’t Hezbollah.’
No group has taken responsibility for the attacks.
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