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A ball of fire and a plume of smoke rise above buildings in southern Gaza as Israeli warplanes strike the Palestinian enclave on December 4, 2022. (AFP)

Hamas fires at Israeli jets as air force hits terror group following rocket attack

Armed wing Qassam Brigades confirms shooting missiles at Israeli jets, which targeted rocket manufacturing center, tunnel in overnight sortie, possibly heating up Gaza tensions

By Emanuel Fabian and TOI staffToday, 1:27 am

Israeli warplanes carried out retaliatory strikes against Hamas in the Gaza Strip early Sunday and rocket alerts were activated near communities inside Israel as the terror group said it launched missiles at Israeli aircraft, in the latest tit-for-tat that threatened to send the region spiraling into another round of conflict.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a short statement just after 1 a.m. Sunday that it was attacking Gaza in retaliation for a Saturday evening missile strike, which had broken a month of relative calm. It said a central rocket-making site used by Hamas was among the facilities targeted.

Hamas’s Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades armed wing said a short time later that it had targeted the Israeli planes with anti-aircraft fire and surface-to-air missiles.

A rocket alert was issued for open areas near the small farming communities of Shlomit and Bnei Betzarim, which sit near the Egyptian border and opposite Gaza’s Rafah, the IDF said.

There was no confirmation of any missile strike inside Israel.

The Israeli sorties came hours after a projectile launched out of Gaza landed in an open field near the communities of Nahal Oz and Kfar Aza Saturday evening. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

The military said fighter jets targeted a weapons workshop and tunnel used by the Hamas terror group, which de facto rules the Strip.

“The workshop is used as a main site for making most of the group’s rockets in the Strip,” the IDF said in a statement.

“The strike overnight continues the progress to impede the force build-up” of Hamas, it added.

The IDF said later that it targeted a Hamas military post in retaliation for the anti-aircraft fire. It also published a video showing the strikes.

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