Israel’s military said it struck Gaza early Sunday morning, hours after a rocket fired from the Strip broke several weeks of relative calm.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a short statement that it was attacking Gaza in retaliation for the Saturday evening missile strike.

The projectile landed in an open field near the communities of Nahal Oz and Kfar Aza, causing no injuries or damage.

On social media, Gazans reported hearing several rounds of air strikes near Khan Younis and Rafah in the south of the Strip around 1 a.m.

Unconfirmed video footage appeared to show large explosions.

The rocket fire was the first attack in a month, and came as Israeli officials were reportedly concerned about potential retaliation, including in the form of rocket fire from Gaza, over the deaths of two Palestinian Islamic Jihad members.

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Both PIJ and the Hamas terror group that rules the Gaza Strip threatened to hit back over the deaths of the pair, who were killed Thursday during a military raid in the West Bank.

Over the past year, the PIJ has launched rockets at Israel in response to members being killed or arrested in the West Bank.

Still, there was no immediate claim by any of the Gaza-based terror groups for the rocket fire Saturday.

In the past, Israel has responded with airstrikes against Hamas sites regardless of the group launching the attack. More rarely, it has directed its response at Islamic Jihad, if the terror group claimed responsibility.

The last time rockets were fired from the coastal enclave toward Israel was on November 3, apparently in response to the death of a PIJ member during a West Bank raid.

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04.12.2022

Israel’s military said it struck Gaza early Sunday morning, hours after a rocket fired from the Strip broke several weeks of relative calm.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a short statement that it was attacking Gaza in retaliation for the Saturday evening missile strike.

The projectile landed in an open field near the communities of Nahal Oz and Kfar Aza, causing no injuries or damage.

On social media, Gazans reported hearing several rounds of air strikes near Khan Younis and Rafah in the south of the Strip around 1 a.m.

Unconfirmed video footage appeared to show large explosions.

The rocket fire was the first attack in a month, and came as Israeli officials were reportedly concerned about potential retaliation, including in the form of rocket fire from Gaza, over the deaths of two Palestinian Islamic Jihad members.

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