Israel strikes Gaza after anti-Hamas militant rocket fire
The Israeli army shelled Gaza after a failed attempt by a militant group to fire a rocket into Israel on Sunday night, its army said.
The rocket was believed to have hit southern Israel on late Sunday but actually fell inside the airspace of the besieged Gaza Strip due to a suspected mechanical failure.
Despite this, the Israeli army said that it holds Hamas - that controls the territory - responsible for the attempted firing.
"As the rocket fire endangered Israeli citizens and violated Israeli sovereignty, a tank targeted and destroyed a Hamas observation point in the southern Gaza Strip," the Israeli army said in a statement.
There have been no reports of casualties.
Islamic State group-inspired jihadists in Gaza have long been opposed to Hamas.
Days before Sunday's attempted attack, Hamas arrested a number of militants within the besieged enclave.
In August, a Hamas security guard and a member of a rival Palestinian faction were killed in Gaza after a confrontation with a suicide attacker, security sources said.
The attack was the first time Hamas security forces have been targeted by a suicide bomber in Gaza.
"A security force stopped two persons who approached the border. One of them blew himself up and was killed. The other was wounded," the Gaza's Hamas-run interior ministry said in a statement.