Israel conducts airstrikes on Gaza Strip after rocket fire

Israel conducts airstrikes on Gaza Strip after rocket fire

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Israel conducts airstrikes on Gaza Strip after rocket fire

Palestinian fishermen ride their boats as they return from fishing at the seaport of Gaza City early morning September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem/File Photo

The Israeli military said early June 27 that it conducted airstrikes on the Gaza Strip against two targets belonging to Hamas.

On its Twitter account, the Israeli Defense Forces said it considered Hamas responsible for rockets fired towards Israeli territory, and as retaliation, it targeted two observation posts in northern Gaza.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, in a statement, said quick retaliation by the movement was necessary as Israel is increasing tensions, targeting Palestinians and peaceful protesters. He did not clearly claim responsibility on behalf of the organization for the alleged rocket attacks on Israel, however.

Israeli warplanes on June 26 fired missiles toward a group of Palestinians flying incendiary kites in the eastern Gaza Strip.

Palestinian activists have been flying incendiary kites and balloons toward Israeli territory as part of ongoing demonstrations near the Israel-Gaza security fence that began on March 30.

Since the protests began, at least 132 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed and thousands more injured by Israeli army gunfire, according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency.

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