Hamas says Israel’s bombing will solely encourage Palestinians to ‘resist the occupation and step up their assist for Jerusalem and its individuals’.
Israel has carried out air raids in central Gaza for the second time this week, based on witnesses, with its army saying its fighter jets attacked an underground complicated used to supply rocket engines.
The raids befell earlier than daybreak on Thursday.
There have been no rapid reviews of casualties.
Witnesses instructed Al Jazeera that the assaults broken a number of homes close to one of many focused websites within the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.
Earlier within the night time, a rocket fired from Gaza struck southern Israel, inflicting slight harm to a home however no accidents, Israeli police mentioned. 4 extra rockets have been additionally fired from Gaza, the Israeli army mentioned, following its raids on the besieged coastal enclave, however have been intercepted by air defence techniques.
No Palestinian faction claimed duty for the rocket launches.
In an announcement, Hamas, the group that governs Gaza, mentioned Israel’s bombing will solely encourage Palestinians to “resist the occupation and step up their assist for Jerusalem and its individuals”.
A surge of violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory has raised fears of a slide again to wider battle, after final yr’s 11-day Israel-Gaza battle, during which greater than 250 Palestinians in Gaza and 13 individuals in Israel have been killed.
In March, Israeli forces killed no less than 29 Palestinians in raids on the West Financial institution after 14 individuals in Israel have been killed in avenue assaults.
Israeli riot police additionally stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque compound – a website revered by Muslims and Jews – final week, wounding no less than 158 Palestinian worshippers.
Tensions this yr have been heightened partially by the Muslim holy month of Ramadan coinciding with the Jewish celebration of Passover.
Palestinians accuse Israel of encroaching at Al-Aqsa by permitting Jewish worshippers into the sacred compound. They are saying the transfer is a violation of a centuries-old coverage below which non-Muslims might go to, however not pray.
Israeli leaders have mentioned they’re making certain freedom of worship for all religions in Jerusalem.
Al-Aqsa is the third holiest website in Islam and can also be revered by Jews as the placement of two historical temples.
Palestinians need occupied East Jerusalem, together with its Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy websites, because the capital of a future state.
Israel, which annexed East Jerusalem in a transfer not internationally recognised after capturing the world in a 1967 battle, regards all of Jerusalem as its everlasting capital.