Israel strikes Gaza, angers Turkey
PanARMENIAN.Net – Israel said Monday, August 22 it staged dozens of strikes on Gaza in response to rocket fire from the strip, causing limited casualties but sparking a war of words with Turkey, AFP reports.
“We conducted strikes against several dozen targets in the Gaza Strip” on Sunday, an army spokeswoman told AFP.
Palestinian medical officials said four people were wounded by Israeli aircraft and tank fire after a rocket fired from Gaza hit the southern Israeli town of Sderot, without causing any casualties.
Security sources in the coastal strip said several targets in northern Gaza were hit by Israeli fire, and that a reservoir in the town of Beit Hanun was destroyed.
Bases of Hamas’s military wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, as well as of two smaller militant groups were hit, the sources said, according to AFP.
Turkey, whose parliament on Friday night ratified normalization of ties with Israel after a six-year rift, slammed the Israeli strikes.
“We strongly condemn these disproportionate attacks,” its foreign ministry said in a statement.