Israeli air force launches raid on Gaza targets after rocket attack

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The Israeli air force launched a raid targeting rocket launch sites in Gaza on Wednesday, the Israeli army said in a statement.

The raid was in response to rockets fired from the area on Tuesday, according to an army spokesman.

“The raid targeted two rocket launch sites after rockets were fired Tuesday from the Gaza Strip, one of which exploded on Israeli territory (but hurt no one),” the spokesman told AFP news agency.

"Hamas must account for any violation of Israeli sovereignty and the terrorist regime that it has put in place will be held responsible for any terrorist activity coming from the Gaza Strip," the spokesman added.

The attack came hours before the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians, which have been put under increased pressure following Israeli officials announcing the expansion of settlement homes.

The Islamist Hamas movement which controls the Gaza Strip is opposed to the resumption of the U.S.-sponsored peace talks.

On Tuesday, Israeli authorities announced the approval of 942 new settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, provoking Palestinian fury.

In what was seen as a confidence-building gesture, however, the resumption of the fragile peace negotiations came just hours after the release of Palestinian prisoners.

(With AFP)

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