Israeli planes bomb Gaza weapons sites

Israel’s air force bombed a weapons manufacturing site and a weapons storage facility in the northern Gaza Strip.

The early morning strikes Aug. 28 were in retaliation for recent rocket attacks on southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

Three Kassam rockets struck Sderot and its environs on Aug. 27, one as schoolchildren were arriving at school for the first day of classes. The previous day, three rockets were fired at southern Israel, hitting two factories, one in Sderot and one in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council. Both were damaged.

The fundamentalist Salafi organization Jamiat ul-Mujahedin Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the Aug. 26 rockets. The organization is affiliated with al Qaida and is believed to be operating in the Gaza Strip. — jta