Israeli warplanes launch fresh attacks across besieged Gaza Strip
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Arabic-language Palestine al-Yawm news agency reported that Israeli warplanes bombarded a position of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement in Deir al-Balah, located over 14 kilometers south of Gaza City, early on Wednesday.
The Israeli jets carried out four airstrikes against the site and targeted an abandoned building in the al-Hikr district of the central Gaza Strip city.
In the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Lahia, Israeli warplanes launched four rockets at a position of the resistance groups.
Later on, Israeli military aircraft fired six rockets at a Hamas naval base in Deir al-Balah. The warplanes struck a target in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip as well.
There were no immediate reports of possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.
The strikes came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to flee and seek shelter during a campaign event in the port city of Ashdod ahead of next week's snap legislative elections as rockets fired from the Gaza Strip threatened the area.
The siren went off on Tuesday night just as Netanyahu began his speech and addressed hundreds of supporters of the right-wing Likud-National Liberal Movement, which he chairs.
In an extraordinary scene captured on video from the event, the Israeli prime minister can be seen being whisked away from the stage by a gaggle of security guards.
“Leave quietly,” Netanyahu told the crowd before walking off the stage.
The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip, with civilians being the main target of such attacks.
Israel has also launched several wars on the Palestinian coastal sliver, the last of which began in early July 2014. The military aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians. Over 11,100 others were also wounded in the war.
The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.
The Israeli regime denies about 1.8 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs with proper wages as well as adequate healthcare and education.