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Israeli jets strike Gaza after rocket fire hits factory

Israel and Hamas trade blame for fire exchanged over Gaza just a week after similar strikes
Smoke rises over Gaza buildings after an Israeli air strike on 22 November 2020 (Reuters)

Israel carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Sunday morning after rockets from the blockaded territory hit an Israeli factory overnight.

The Israeli military said it struck military sites belonging to Hamas, the Palestinian group that controls Gaza and is held responsible by Israel for all rocket fire, regardless of which group fired. 

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Witnesses told Reuters the pre-dawn strikes hit targets in Gaza City, Rafah and Khan Younis. 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility from any of Gaza's military groups for firing the rocket.

Israel and Hamas last fought a war in 2014 and have exchanged fire several times since, though the border has been largely quiet in recent months.

The Israeli military said Hamas would "bear the consequences" for any attacks.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said Israel is to blame for "everything that happens in Gaza as it continues to blockade it and carry out attacks. The resistance is only acting in self-defence."

The Israeli military carried out similar air strikes last week, blaming rocket fire from Gaza.