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Israeli air force strikes Gaza after two rocket attacks

Israeli warplanes hit three targets in Gaza following earlier rocket attacks launched at Israel, officials have said.

The Israeli Defence Force say that the Iron Dome defence system intercepted one rocket and another exploded in an open area in the city of Sderot.

Reuters say the overnight air strikes targeted two training camps belonging to the Islamist group Hamas, causing no injuries.

Haaretz report that a group calling itself the Omar Brigades, which identifies with the so-called Islamic State, took responsibility for the rocket fire, but the IDF said in a statement that Hamas must carry "the responsibility" for the attack.

Israel hits Syrian Golan Heights following rocket attack

Israeli soldiers patrol next to a smoke from a fire caused by a rocket attack in northern Israel, launched from Syrian territory. Credit: Reuters

Syrian state TV has confirmed Israeli air strikes on the Golan Heights but said only slight damage was done.

According to Reuters, the state TV report quoted a military source as saying that "several missiles" had targeted a transportation centre and a public building in the Quneitra area of the Syrian Golan Heights.

A monitoring group had earlier reported casualties. Israel's army said the strikes were a response to cross-border rocket fire from Syria earlier this week.


US 'concerns' over Israel's West Bank building plans

Israeli paramilitary police and Jewish settlers stand near two partially-built dwellings during their demolition in the West Bank. Credit: Reuters

The United States is "deeply concerned" about Israel's plans to build 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement on the occupied West Bank and hundreds of homes in east Jerusalem.

State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement:

The United States continues to view settlements as illegitimate and we strongly oppose steps to advance construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Settlement expansion threatens the two-state solution and calls into question Israel's commitment to a negotiated resolution to the conflict.

– Mark Toner, US State Department
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