Israeli aircraft strike Gaza in response to rocket fire

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JERUSALEM, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli air force conducted airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, in response to rockets fired from the territory hours before.

According to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the strikes targeted a weapon manufacturing site "belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization," and the site is "where the majority of the ... rockets in the Gaza Strip are being manufactured."

The statement also said a Hamas cross-border tunnel was targeted.

Hours before, a rocket from the Gaza Strip was fired towards southern Israel. No Palestinian organization took responsibility for the shooting, which caused no damage or casualties.

The overnight strike was meant to "impede the force build-up of the Hamas terrorist organization," the IDF said.

Hamas took over control of the Gaza Strip in 2007. Since then, Israel has enforced a strict blockade on the territory and against the organization which is hostile to the country.

Earlier this week, Israeli military forces killed two prominent members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the West Bank city of Jenin, after which the PIJ vowed revenge. Enditem

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