ISRAEL GAZA ATTACK Israel strike Hamas in Gaza, calling attack response to rocket fire


Israeli aircraft attacked a Hamas target in the Gaza Strip after a Palestinian rocket strike, the Israeli military said, in the first serious cross-border flare-up since a surge in fighting last month.

A second rocket launched on Thursday evening hit a house in Sderot but caused no casualties, police said. There was no immediate comment from Palestinian factions.

The latest hostilities followed Israel’s closure of offshore waters to Gaza fisherman on Wednesday (June 12) in what it said was a response to incendiary balloons launched across the frontier that caused fires in fields in southern Israel this week.

In a statement, the military said fighter planes attacked “underground infrastructure” in a compound belonging to the Hamas militant group that rules Gaza. There were no injuries.