Israel has bombed Gaza almost daily since August 6 in response to the launch of balloons fitted with firebombs, or, less frequently, rockets.
Israeli tanks shelled Hamas positions early on Saturday, hours after it said a rocket was launched at southern Israel.
A statement from the military said the Israeli “tanks targeted Hamas military posts in the southern Gaza Strip” in response to Friday’s fire.
The Gaza security sources said to the AFP news agency that ”The rocket, which set off sirens in southern Israel, targeting Hamas observation posts east of Rafah and east of Khan Younis was intercepted by air defenses without causing any casualties or damage”.
The results of this action are the restriction of the fishery zone on Gaza’s coast and the suspension of fuel shipments and the closing of its border crossings with the Gaza Strip last week.
The suspension leads to a lack of fuel, which leads to the shutdown of the only power plant in the Gaza Strip.
The shutdown leads to increasing unemployment in the Gaza strip, which has more than half of its two-million population already living in poverty, according to the world bank.
Egypt has acted to calm repeated flare-ups in recent years to prevent any repetition of the three wars Israel and Hamas have fought since 2008.
Although the Palestinian territory has been under a devastating Israeli blockade since 2007 despite Egyptian delegation that tries to broker a return to an informal truce.
Israel captured Gaza from Egypt in the 1967 Six-Day War, but unilaterally pulled out its army and evacuated its settlements in 2005.
Israel, however, continues to control much of Gaza’s borders, with the rest under Egyptian control.