Israeli warplanes strike Gaza Strip, no injuries reported
Israeli F-16 fighter jets on Thursday night carried out four successive airstrikes on several targets in the Gaza Strip, but no injuries were reported, witnesses and paramedics said, dpa reported.
Witnesses said the first airstrike was on a Hamas security building in western Gaza City. A huge explosion was heard in the area, where firefighters and rescue teams rushed to the scene.
Another airstrike was carried out on another security building also in western Gaza City, prompting a huge explosion with white smoke clearly seen coming out from the area, witnesses said.
Two more airstrikes were carried out on empty areas in central and southern Gaza Strip. Paramedics confirmed that no injuries were reported in the four successive airstrikes.
The airstrikes came in response to an earlier homemade rocket attack aimed at southern Israel by Gaza militant groups. No injuries or damages were caused, according to Israel Radio.
Earlier on Thursday, Gaza residents said they saw heavy flying of F-16s over Gaza city. The airstrike was carried out as Gaza Strip residents prepare to celebrate the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Fitr, that starts on Friday and lasts three days.