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Israel army strikes Hamas targets in Gaza

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- The Israel army said it struck "subterranean Hamas terror facilities" in Gaza in response to a rocket fired at Israel on Sunday evening.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said early on Monday that their fighter jets and aircraft carried out the strike.

"We hold Hamas responsible for all activity emanating from Gaza," the IDF said in a tweet.

Hours earlier the army said that some families watching a film at a drive-in theater in southern Israel had to run to bomb shelters when "terrorists from Gaza fired a rocket at Israel."

The IDF said the rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System.

Israel captured Gaza from Egypt in the 1967 Six-Day War, but unilaterally pulled its army out and evacuated its settlements in the strip in 2005.

 

Israel, however, continues to control Gaza's borders, along with Egypt. Israel frequently closes crossings in response to rocket fire and other violence along the border.

The last major conflict between Israel and the radical Islamist Hamas movement, which de facto controls the coastal enclave, was in 2014. Since then, violence flares up from time to time, despite an informal Egyptian-brokered Hamas-Israel truce.

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