IAF Hits Gaza After Islamic State Rocket Attack

GAZA (Reuters) -

Israel retaliated on Thursday for rockets fired at it from Gaza with bombing raids against three terrorist training camps, and a radical group sympathetic with Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on Israel.

Witnesses and medics said the predawn attacks on two camps belonging to Hamas, and to the smaller Palestinian group Islamic Jihad caused some damage but no casualties.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said in a statement that Israel held Hamas responsible for the rocket attacks from Gaza “even if those doing the shooting are rogue gangs from global jihadi groups trying to challenge Hamas by shooting at us.”

The rockets aimed at the Israeli city of Ashkelon and town of Netivot on Wednesday night were the second such attacks in the past week. They broke a hiatus in cross-border fire since a 50-day Israeli war with Hamas ended with an Egyptian-brokered truce in August.

An Islamist Salafist group calling itself the Omar Brigades posted a statement claiming responsibility for firing the rockets.