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GAZA, Oct. 11, 2019 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw a stone at Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, on Oct. 11, 2019. At least 49 Palestinians were injured on Friday afternoon during clashes between hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers in the eastern Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel, a local official said. (Photo by Mohammed Dahman/Xinhua/IANS) by .
A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw a stone at Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, (Photo by Mohammed Dahman/Xinhua/IANS)

Israeli warplanes on Friday struck military facilities of the Islamic Hamas movement in Gaza in response to the firing of six projectiles into southern Israel.

Hamas security sources told Xinhua news agency that the Israeli warplanes targeted a training facility that belonged to al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, south of Gaza city, with no injury or damage reported.

Meanwhile, an Israeli army spokesman also confirmed the strikes on the facility and held Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, fully responsible for the projectiles’ attack.

Israeli Radio reported that the projectiles landed on unpopulated areas in southern Israel, causing no injury or damage.

No one claimed responsibility for firing the projectiles from Gaza into southern Israel.

A tit-for-tat escalation of tension has been going on in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Gaza militants since August 6.

Tension was started when unknown masked young men launched hundreds of incendiary balloons into Israel.

GAZA, Jan. 15, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Jan. 15, 2020 shows a fireball exploding during Israeli air strikes in Gaza City. Israeli warplanes carried out on Wednesday night air strikes against military positions in the Gaza Strip in response to earlier firing of rockets from the Hamas-ruled enclave into southern Israel, eyewitnesses and security sources said. (Photo by Mohammed Dahman/Xinhua/IANS) by .
Photo shows a fireball exploding during Israeli air strikes in Gaza City. (Photo by Mohammed Dahman/Xinhua/IANS)

In response, Israeli army warplanes and artillery have been attacking posts, sites, and military infrastructure of Hamas.

Egyptian and Qatari mediation had so far failed to defuse the growing tension, where Hamas leaders insist that their condition to restore calm in Gaza is to lift an Israeli blockade that had been imposed on the Gaza Strip for 13 years.

Fawzi Barhoum, the Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said in a press statement that launching projectiles and arson balloons “is a direct response to the Israeli occupation’s escalation against the Palestinians”.

“The Israeli occupation is fully responsible for the consequences of its escalation on the Gaza Strip, mainly keeping the siege imposed and attacking military posts and facilities amid the spread of coronavirus in Gaza,” he said.

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