A young Palestinian stands amid the crater of a destroyed house following overnight Israeli missile attacks on Thursday east of Khan Younis [Adel Hana/AP Photo] Israel has said it carried out fresh air raids on the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire from the besieged enclave, two days after a precarious ceasefire went into force following a round of fighting that killed dozens of Palestinians.

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The Israeli army said its attacks early on Saturday did not target positions of the Islamic Jihad group but sites belonging to Hamas , which administers the Gaza Strip. There was no immediate comment by Hamas.

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Israeli forces kill top Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza attack Israeli gunfire kills Palestinian man in occupied West Bank OPINION: Israel after Netanyahu? The air raids marked the first time Hamas was targeted since this week’s escalation began early on Tuesday with Israel‘s targeted assassination of Bahaa Abu al-Ata, a top  commander of Islamic Jihad, the enclave’s second-most powerful group after Hamas

A young Palestinian stands amid the crater of a destroyed house following overnight Israeli missile attacks on Thursday east of Khan Younis [Adel Hana/AP Photo] Israel has said it carried out fresh air raids on the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire from the besieged enclave, two days after a precarious ceasefire went into force following a round of fighting that killed dozens of Palestinians.

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The Israeli army said its attacks early on Saturday did not target positions of the Islamic Jihad group but sites belonging to Hamas , which administers the Gaza Strip. There was no immediate comment by Hamas.

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Israeli forces kill top Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza attack Israeli gunfire kills Palestinian man in occupied West Bank OPINION: Israel after Netanyahu? The air raids marked the first time Hamas was targeted since this week’s escalation began early on Tuesday with Israel‘s targeted assassination of Bahaa Abu al-Ata, a top  commander of Islamic Jihad, the enclave’s second-most powerful group after Hamas.

That 42-year-old’s killing in a raid targeting his house triggered retaliatory rocket fire from Islamic Jihad at Israel.

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After two days of violence, in which 34 Palestinians died but no Israeli fatalities, a ceasefire was agreed. Fire from both sides was reported on Saturday

Gaza ceasefire under pressure after renewed Israeli air attacks (3:43)

In a statement on Saturday, the Israeli army said it was attacking Hamas targets after “two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory” and were intercepted by air defences

Palestinian security sources told the AFP news agency the Israeli attacks were aimed at two Hamas sites in the north of the territory, where two million Palestinians live under a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt for more than 10 yeas

Al Jazeera‘s Harry Fawcett, reporting from Gaza City, said the targeting of sites belonging to Hamas marked a change in Israel‘s strategy in this latest round of fighting

Hamas, while supporting Islamic Jihad verbally and making statements of solidarity, had not joined in the rocket fire itself,” he said

“Perhaps this is an indication that Israel believes that this latest round of rocket did come from Hamas, so we will wait to see what the implications of that will be on the ceasefire going forward.”

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies