Israel bombards Gaza in response to a rocket attack by Palestinian militants

Israel bombards Gaza in response to a rocket attack by Palestinian militants

Israeli aircraft carried out airstrikes on several targets in the Gaza Strip early Sunday after Palestinian militants fired rockets, a sign of rising tensions in the West Bank. Israel's military said the airstrikes targeted an arms manufacturing facility and an underground tunnel belonging to the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Since 2007, Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip of Palestine.

No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for Saturday evening's rocket attack, which landed in an open area near the Gaza-Israel fence. The border has been calm since three days of clashes in August between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Israel and Egypt have blockaded Gaza to prevent Hamas from accumulating weapons.