0232 GMT October 22, 2020
The airborne assaults, which were launched in the early hours of Wednesday morning, reportedly hit four areas in the southern parts of the Palestinian blockaded enclave. There has been no word on the possible casualties and damage inflicted by those strikes.
The Israeli military claimed in a statement that the raids were conducted a few hours after a rocket allegedly fired from the center of Gaza was intercepted by the regime’s so-called Iron Dome missile system over the city of Ashdod on the Mediterranean shore.
The regime’s military blamed the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas for the rocket attack, but according to Israeli daily Haaretz, a Daesh-affiliated group, called the Omar Hadid Brigade, claimed the responsibility for the rocket fire.
The Israeli daily reported that the Grad-type rocket was the first to be launched at Ashdod from Gaza since the Israeli war on the Palestinian enclave in summer of 2014.
Israel’s 50-day military aggression against the Gaza Strip, which started in early July and ended on August 26 last year with a truce that took effect after indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital Cairo, left nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, dead. Over 11,100 others – including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people – were also wounded.
Since 2007, Israel has imposed a blockade on Gaza, which has caused a serious decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.