Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza

Palestinians next to their houses in Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014. (Photo: NYTimes)
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said early Friday it had carried out airstrikes on military targets in the Gaza Strip after a rocket allegedly fired from the Palestinian enclave hit southern Israel.اضافة اعلان

Fighter jets and attack helicopters struck a "weapons manufacturing site, a weapon smuggling tunnel and a military post" operated by Hamas, the Islamist ruling party in Gaza, the military said in a statement. 

A security source in Gaza told AFP there were no casualties from the strikes.

Israelis in the southern city of Sderot took cover late Thursday after a rocket was reportedly fired from Gaza.

The rocket hit an open area and caused no casualties or damage, a regional council spokesman said.

Israel imposed a land and sea blockade on Gaza after Hamas seized control in 2007. They have since fought three wars.

A fragile truce has held in recent years despite occasional flareups in the enclave.

Gaza's two million residents endure extreme poverty under the Israeli blockade and conditions have worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.