Gaza Rockets, Israeli Air Strikes Accompany Biden’s Middle East Visit

By Reuters
Reuters
Reuters
July 16, 2022 Updated: July 16, 2022

The Israeli military attacked what it said was a Hamas military site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in response to a pair of rocket attacks overnight, hours after U.S. President Joe Biden flew from Israel to Saudi Arabia on a Middle East trip.

The Israeli military said its fighter jets struck hit two facilities belonging to Hamas, the Islamist terrorist group that governs the blockaded strip. One of the targets was an underground rocket-manufacturing plant, the military said.

Gaza witnesses described the two sites struck as Hamas training camps. No injuries were reported.

No group claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks. But Israel blames Hamas for any violence emanating from the Palestinian enclave.

Hamas has condemned Biden’s visit and U.S. support for Israel.

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said gunmen had fired at the Israeli planes.

Sirens sounded in southern Israel on two occasions early on Saturday, warning of incoming rocket fire.

One rocket was intercepted and three projectiles landed in open spaces, the military said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Reuters