On Thursday dawn, the Israeli Air Force fired many missiles into several sites in the Central District of the besieged Gaza Strip. The Israeli army claimed it was retaliating to shells fired from Gaza into Israeli settlements across the fence.

Media sources said the Israeli Air Force fired five missiles into a site run by an armed resistance group, near the Al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza, causing property damage.

They added that Israeli military drones fired several missiles into a site southwest of the Gaza Strip, causing damage.

The army also fired at least two missiles into another area southwest of Gaza city, causing excessive property damage.

Furthermore, the army fired missiles into a site and farmlands north of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and central Gaza.

The Israeli army said it retaliated to shells reportedly fired from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening and held Hamas responsible for any escalation.

After the army fired missiles into several areas in Gaza, Palestinian armed resistance groups also retaliated by firing shells at Sderot, Nir ‘Am, and Avivim, not far from the perimeter fence with the besieged coastal region.

The National Resistance Brigades, the armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), and the Al-Quds Brigades of the Islamic Jihad issued brief statements claiming responsibility for firing several shells in retaliation to the seriously escalating Israeli violations in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the constant abuse of the detainees’, especially female political prisoners, in Israeli prisons.

Furthermore, Hazem Qassem, the spokesperson of Hamas in Gaza, said the right-wing Israeli government and the escalation of Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people are the cause of the escalation and are responsible for further deterioration in the region.