Israeli air strike hits Gaza militant base after rocket fired

Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine says training base is hit in Rafah

A Palestinian militant of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) inspects a training base after it was hit by an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip this morning. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

A Palestinian militant of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) inspects a training base after it was hit by an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip this morning. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Sun, Apr 28, 2013, 13:42

An Israeli aircraft hit a site belonging to Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip today in response to a rocket that militants fired from the territory into southern Israel, the Israeli military said.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said the air strike hit a training base belonging to the group in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip but nobody was hurt.

No militant group had initially taken responsibility for launching the rocket. It landed in an open field and did not cause damage or injuries, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

Islamist militants in Gaza have fired intermittently at Israel in the past weeks despite a ceasefire reached after an eight-day conflict in November.

Israel has vowed to prevent the launches and often retaliates by bombing militant targets in Gaza. The last Israeli air strike on Gaza was on April 3rd, the military said. Militant rockets last landed in Israel on April 19th.

Reuters