The IDF said it targeted "chemical material production" and "weapon manufacturing" sites
Israel launched airstrikes against several "terrorist" targets in the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, hours after a rocket fired from the area was intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.
"The IDF is currently striking in Gaza," Israel Defense Forces confirmed in a tweet around 3 am Thursday morning. About 30 minutes later it shared some details about the targets of the raid, claiming that "IDF fighter jets struck a production site for raw chemical material production, along with a weapon manufacturing site belonging to the Hamas Terrorist Organization."
On Wednesday afternoon, the Israeli military intercepted one rocket fired from the strip, and missile warning sirens reportedly blared again in Sderot and nearby towns shortly before the overnight strikes.
There were no immediate reports of casualties, but video clips circulating on social media purportedly showed several explosions in central Gaza, one of the world's most densely populated areas.
"The IDF holds Hamas responsible for all terrorism activity emanating from Gaza and it will face the consequences of the security violations against Israel," the military added.