Israeli warplanes pounded Hamas positions in Gaza

An F-15, belonging to the Israeli air force, takes off during the "Blue Flag" multinational air defence exercise at the Ovda air force base, north of the Israeli city of Eilat, on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ

Vastavam web: Israeli jets pounded Hamas positions in Gaza overnight after Palestinians staged a cross-border raid into southern Israel, the military said early today.”Israel Air Force fighter jets targeted a terror target in a military compound belonging to the Hamas terror organisation in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip,” it said in an English-language statement.There, an army spokeswoman told AFP, they attempted to torch heavy equipment used for work on the frontier barrier.

The machinery was damaged but did not catch fire, and the attackers fled back into Gaza, she said.No casualties were reported.”The incident that took place yesterday is one of many severe incidents that have taken place in the security fence area,” the statement said.Last month there was an uptick in cross-border violence, seen as among the most serious since Israel and Hamas fought a war in 2014 — their third since 2008.After a bomb wounded four Israeli soldiers inspecting the border fence on February 17, Israel responded by pounding 18 Hamas facilities in two waves of air strikes.