After hitting Syrian military installations, Israel targets Gaza Strip

Israel targets Syria Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel Jun 27, 2017, 01.55 AM (IST)

Israeli air strikes hit several targets in the Gaza Strip governed by Hamas overnight on Monday, AFP reported.

The incident comes after Israel targeted Syrian military installations over the weekend.

Israeli air strikes were recorded in at least three locations in Gaza, Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses told Reuters.

The strikes were aimed at Hamas bases which struck near the southern city of Rafah and Gaza City, as well as open land southeast of Gaza City.

The Palestinian health ministry said there were no immediate reports of injuries, but an AFP photographer in Gaza saw at least one man bleeding being taken for treatment from a house near the base.

The Israeli army said the strikes were in "response to projectile fire that hit near the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council."

"Two Israeli aircraft's targeted two military infrastructures belong to the Hamas terrorist organisation," it added.

Meanwhile, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has urged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to prevent "provocations" against Syrian government forces.

Lavrov spoke to Rex Tillerson over the phone on Monday and called on "Washington to take steps to prevent provocations against Syrian government forces carrying out operations against terrorists," a Russian foreign ministry statement said.

Israel had fired shells at Syria on Saturday as aerial video footage released by the military showed a machine gun and two tanks targeted and hit. 

The Syrian military said Israeli rocket fire had hit a residential building but it could not be independently confirmed.



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