Israel strikes Hamas naval commando base after rocket fired at Israel
Tensions along the Gaza border escalated on Thursday when Israeli warplanes responded to a mortar shell fired at southern Israel with a strike on a Hamas naval commando base.
“Fighter jets and aircraft struck several military targets in a Hamas compound in the southern Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement on Thursday.
Palestinian media reported that the site, northwest of Khan Yunis, was damaged, though no injuries were caused.
The 1:30 a.m. airstrike came in response to a mortar launched from Gaza and an explosives-laden cluster of balloons was flown into Israel on Wednesday night. The Iron Dome missile-defense system was activated to stop the rocket from exploding in Israel.