Israel has carried out several airstrikes in the besieged Gaza Strip. As a result of the attack, power outages were seen in some areas. Al-Jazeera reported this information citing local sources.

Hamas said Friday’s airstrikes targeted sites used by Palestinian armed resistance groups in the Magazi refugee camp in central Gaza.

An Israeli army spokesman said warplanes attacked a Hamas camp in the central Gaza Strip. This suggests that the attack was in response to rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. It was the first rocket launched since Israel’s three-day military offensive in the region.

The Israeli military said four rockets were fired from Gaza earlier in the night, three of which missed Israeli territory. Because the rocket air defense system prevented it.

However, no Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the rocket attack.

A Hamas spokesman, Hazem Kassem, said, ‘Israel’s barbaric bombardment of the Gaza Strip early this morning represents a ruthless aggression and the extension of its open war against our people in all areas of our existence.’

Qassem added, ‘Israeli bombing will only make Palestinians more determined to resist the occupation and increase their support for Jerusalem and its people.’

Israeli reports said the rockets were fired from Gaza in response to the killing of Islamic Jihad member Farouq Salameh in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin on Thursday.

Salameh was one of four Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday.

The violence erupted after Benjamin Netanyahu won Israel’s parliamentary elections earlier this week.

Gaza has been largely calm since the fighting in August. But it started again after the Israeli airstrikes.

At least 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the illegally occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip since the beginning of this year, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Of these, 51 Palestinians were killed during Israel’s three-day assault on Gaza in August alone.

Israel and Hamas, which rules Gaza, have fought four wars and several smaller skirmishes over the past 15 years.

Israel and Egypt have maintained a strict blockade of Gaza for 14 years. Critics say the policy amounts to collective punishment for the region’s two million Palestinian residents.

(November 4)