The airstrikes targeted Hamas hotspots in response to riots near the border which saw a border force officer shot. The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) said “fighter jets have struck four weapons storage and manufacturing sites belonging to” Hamas.
“The attacks were carried out due to the riots on the border fence, as well as the shooting of the Border Policeman,” the IDF said.
The national defence force added: “Hamas continues to make Gaza a terror state while exploiting the civilian population.
“The IDF will continue to respond with force to any terror attempts made by Hamas, and we view Hamas as being responsible for anything that happens in the Gaza Strip.”
According to The Times of Israel, Palestinians opened fire on Israeli aircraft.
A total of 41 civilians were injured during the riots earlier today, including a 13-year-old Palestinian.
The Israeli army said “hundreds of rioters” tried to climb the border fence on the Gaza Strip.
They also claimed protesters hurled “explosive devices”.
A Border Force officer was shot by a protester and rushed to hospital.
A spokesperson from the hospital told The Times of Israel the officer was taken to the Beersheba Sorka Medical Centre in a critical condition.
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