Hamas Official: Israel Struck a Secret Rocket Factory in Gaza

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Palestinians inspect a site which was hit in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel on December 26. (Ashraf Mohammed/Flash90)

Israeli aircraft struck several sites in the Gaza Strip early Shabbos morning after Palestinian terrorists fired two rockets toward southern Israel.

The airstrike targets included a secret rocket manufacturing facility and training and military posts belonging to Hamas, a senior official with the Islamist group told Yisrael Hayom.

According to the Hamas official, considerable damage was caused to the rocket manufacturing plant, which was of high importance to the terrorist group.

Palestinian media reported the airstrikes shattered windows in east Gaza City. There were no reports of casualties.

The rockets fired on Friday were aimed at Ashkelon, but the Iron Dome air defense system intercepted them, the IDF said. No Palestinian group in Gaza has claimed responsibility for the rocket fire, which broke months of cross-border calm.

Volleys of missiles from the Iron Dome defense system illuminated the sky in the northern Gaza Strip as they exploded trying to hit the incoming rockets.

Rocket attacks and Israeli retaliatory artillery and aerial strikes are frequent, but they have largely been subdued in recent months due to the coronavirus outbreak.