MOSCOW (Sputnik) — An Israeli military aircraft and a tank struck Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip on Thursday in response to shots fired at Israeli troops, a spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said.
"In response to the attack targeting IDF forces on the Gaza border, an IAF aircraft and IDF tank targeted 2 Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip," the spokesperson said on Twitter.
In response to the attack targeting IDF forces on the Gaza border, an IAF aircraft and IDF tank targeted 2 Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) March 2, 2017
Earlier this week, a projectile fired from Gaza hit an open area at Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, however, Israel did not immediately retaliated. The latest armed conflict between Israel and Hamas, an Islamist political and militant group which has been governing the enclave since 2007, took place in 2014. However, the Hamas militants continue firing rockets against Israel, while Israel is targeting Hamas positions in response.
Hamas seeks the creation of an independent state of Palestine and wants Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories it has occupied after the 1967 war.