Israel hits Hamas posts after Gaza mortar fire

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Israel’s military said it targeted four Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip on Thursday after mortar rounds from the Palestinian enclave were fired toward a nearby army position. No injuries were reported on either side of the fence dividing the Gaza Strip from Israel. It was unclear who was responsible for the mortar fire, with a number of militant groups operating in the Gaza Strip, but Israel holds Islamist movement Hamas responsible for all such incidents.

Hamas has run the Gaza Strip for a decade. “In response to the mortar shells fired at a military post adjacent to the northern Gaza Strip, (Israeli) tanks and (Israeli) aircraft targeted four Hamas military posts in the northern Gaza Strip,” the army said in a statement. Palestinian security sources in Gaza said two Hamas surveillance points had been hit.

Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip have fought three wars since 2008. Occasional exchanges of fire continue to occur along the border. Thursday’s incident came as Hamas and rival faction Fatah seek to follow through on a landmark reconciliation accord aimed at ending their 10-year feud, though there was no sign of any link.

The two factions announced late Wednesday that they were postponing a planned handover of governing duties in the Gaza Strip from Hamas to the Palestinian Authority government based in the occupied West Bank. The handover had been due to take place by December 1, but has now been postponed to December 10 with sharp disagreements persisting between the two sides.

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