Hamas denies group’s involvement saying factions in Gaza were not responsible for rockets fired from the besieged strip.
Positions belonging to Gaza Strip’s ruling Hamas movement were hit by Israeli warplanes early on Monday as retaliation to rocket fire into Israel, the army said in a statement, as it announced a cut in fuel supplies to besieged strip. Hazem Qassem, the Hamas spokesperson, denied the group’s involvement, saying Palestinian factions in the enclave were not responsible for any rocket fire, Maan news agency reported.Israeli army earlier reported that three rockets were fired from Gaza into Southern Israel overnight.”Three launches were identified from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory,” it said in a statement. “Two of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system.””In response, a short while ago, [Israeli air force] fighter jets struck a number of terror targets in Hamas military compound in the northern Gaza Strip, including the office of a Hamas battalion commander,” it said.A Palestinian security source told AFP news agency that there were no casualties. It has also been announced by Israeli authorities that a punitive reduction in the flow of fuel to the strip’s main power station has been processed, meaning a deep cut in the already rationed electric supply.
A separate statement from the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), an Israeli military unit that is responsible for civilian matters in the occupied territories, said the latest fuel cut was personally ordered by Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is also defense minister.Netanyahu is fighting for reelection in a potentially tough general election scheduled to be held on September 17 with critics from his right-wing power base calling for tougher action against Hamas.