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The sun sets as violence flares up between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces over the Gaza border, in Gaza City The sun sets as violence flares up between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces over the Gaza border, in Gaza City 

Israeli jets strike targets in Syria, Gaza

The Isreali Air Force has struck the Islamic Jihad militant group in both Gaza and Syria, after the group fired a barrage of rockets at Israel.

By Nathan Morley

Tensions in the region have been mounting. Israeli jets have launched air-strikes against Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip and Syria, killing two militants, in retaliation for several barrages of rocket attacks fired by the group into Isreal.

The so-called Islamic Jihad is considered a proxy force of Iran and based Syria. The group is also now the second-largest Palestinian militant faction, after Hamas.

According to a military statement from Jerusalem, targets included compounds, underground bunkers, areas used to store materials used for making rockets, and an anti-tank missile training range.

Overnight, around thirty rockets were fired into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, but many were shot-down by the country’s Iron Dome anti-rocket system, while others fell in open areas and farmland.

Further hostilities are anticipated, and the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) said it was closing roads, schools, and a railway line near the Gaza Strip.

Listen to the report by Nathan Morley
24 February 2020, 17:15