More than 200 people have been killed by Israeli forces since the Great March of Return protests began on March 30 [Mohammed Salem-Reuters]

Israeli warplanes hit several locations in the Gaza Strip early on Thursday causing extensive damage to property in the besieged territory, according to the Palestinian news agency, WAFA.

The fighter jets targeted a military compound in the northern Gaza Strip and a training facility and a munitions manufacturing and storage site in the south, the Israeli military said in a statement.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said the raids were in response to a rocket fired from Gaza which caused no casualties or damage but which evaded Israel’s Iron Dome defence system, triggering an inquiry.

Hamas, which governs the besieged strip, said there were no casualties in the attacks.

It comes a week after Israel carried out 20 air attacks following a rocket attack in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba.

Israel also announced temporary suspension of fuel deliveries to Gaza, which has been under an air, water and land blockade imposed by Israel since 2007.

Crippling blockade

Hamas and its allies disavowed the recent rocket fire blaming fringe groups bent on sabotaging UN and Egyptian efforts to broker a long-term truce in return for a relaxation of the crippling 11-year blockade of the territory.

But Israel has vowed repeatedly to hold Hamas responsible for any rocket fire regardless of who launched it.

The air attacks come amid months of tension between Israel and Palestinian protesters.

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