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Israel attacked the military targets of the Islamist movement Hamas in Gaza early Saturday in response to the launch hours before of two rockets against its territory, according to official sources.

Israeli Army fighter jets attacked various positions belonging to the organization , including a rocket manufacturing facility, a military post and an underground infrastructure, a military spokesman said in a statement.

The retaliatory attack came hours after the launch of two projectiles from the strip that sounded the alarms in neighboring Israeli communities and were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, causing no injuries or material damage.

Military Escalations
It is the first attack of this type to be recorded in the area after a month of relative calm without major incidents.

Gaza militias, under an Israeli blockade since 2007, have intermittently fired projectiles at Israel for years, actions that have led to larger military escalations on several occasions in recent years.

The Israeli authorities hold Hamas , the de facto ruler in Gaza, responsible for any aggression that emanates from within, and its armed forces often respond to this by bombing positions of the Islamist group.

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