Israeli warplanes have fired at least two heavy missiles at a site on the outskirts of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, causing serious damage to a cement factory.
Hamas security officials in Gaza said that Israeli jets hit a concrete production site west of Rafah, and an underground tunnel in al-Salam neighborhood east of the city. Both sites sustained severe damage, they said.
An Israeli army statement said the airstrikes hit a "weapon manufacturing site and a smuggling tunnel ... in response to the rockets fired at Israel over the weekend."
An army spokesman said a rocket fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel on Sunday morning after the airstrike, the seventh rocket to hit Israel since Friday. No injuries or damage were reported, he said.
It said Palestinian resistance forces fired more than 50 rockets and mortar shells at Israel over the past two months.
Meanwhile, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees said Saturday it fired 17 homemade projectiles and two mortar shells at Israeli targets bordering Gaza.
The An-Nasser Salih Ad-Din Brigades said in a statement that three projectiles and two mortar shells were fired at different Israeli targets shortly before midnight on Friday.
Shelling continued for two hours into Saturday morning, according to the statement which asserted that the Palestinian people have the right to defend themselves by all means of resistance including armed resistance.
“A truce with the Israeli occupation is doubtful in light of the ongoing assaults against the Palestinian people,” the statement added.
In another topic regarding Gaza support, an European aid convoy is expected to arrive in Gaza Strip today through the Rafah border crossing,Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nunu said.
Organizers of the convoy said that the 75 members of the convoy from Holland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Britain, and France have started to arrive to Cairo on Friday.
The convoy aims at alleviating the suffering of the Gaza people who have been under siege for six years.
The convoy members are to stay in Gaza for one week during which they would participate in inaugurating numerous qualitative projects especially in medical and educational fields, PIC website reported.